Chanel Ayan from RHODubai survived FGM at the age of five

In addition to the physical pain it caused her throughout her teen and teenage years, the experience left long-lasting emotional scars.

“I think trauma is something I will live with for the rest of my life,” Ayan said. “That’s why I want to talk about it, because I honestly don’t want this to happen to anyone because I know exactly how it feels and it’s not well. A lot of girls get depressed, hormones are out of balance, and a lot of guys are dying girls.”

Ayan says this is “the first time most of my friends and family have seen me talking about” the traumatic experience.

“We don’t share things like that, it’s been kind of quiet in our families,” Ayan explained. “I feel only after the opening [up about] I was drawing my strength from the people who did this to me that I trusted the most because I was five and didn’t know what was happening to me. I didn’t even know what was going on. I just want to bring awareness to him as much as possible because it’s still happening 35 years later. Every 11 minutes it happens to a confused little girl like me.”

The Bravo star has even started her own makeup line, Ayan Beauty, to raise revenue to help put an end to this harmful practice.

“As long as I use my platform to spread awareness to stop this – if I can save 20 girls, 100 girls, 500 girls, I feel like that’s my purpose” RHODubai said the star. “It’s child abuse. A lot of girls die for no reason.”

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