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‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Maria Valaskatzis before fame.
Images via Facebook: Maria Valaskatzis

[Photos] ‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Maria before fame

Who was ‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Maria Valaskatzis before her fillers, celeb feuds and reality TV villain status? Take a look…

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‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Maria Valaskatzis before fame.
Images via Facebook: Maria Valaskatzis

Real Housewives of Durban star Maria Valaskatzis has shot to fame for her facial fillers, celebrity feuds, and status as a reality TV villain.

The Durban businesswoman has been at the centre of much conflict this season, thanks to her beef with co-star Sorisha Naidoo, and her friendships with “gusband” Neil Ramautar and fellow housewives Jojo Robinson and Nonku Williams.

Maria joined the reality TV show in season three where her spicy attitude and plumpy lips made headlines.

This time around, the 45-year-old has spoken of how she sought therapy to seek “healing” help her overcome her past “trauma”  

But who is the woman behind the successful Showmax show?


In the second installment of the Real Housewives of Durban reunion this week, Sorisha Naidoo mentioned that Maria Valaskatzis is no longer married.

During the season, Maria stated that her orthopaedic surgeon husband, Emmanuil, had moved out of their marital home.

The former couple – who met through mutual friends – are parents to son Alexandros.

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‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Maria Valaskatzis.
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In season four, Maria also introduces viewers to her “gusband”,  make-up artist Neil Ramautar. The duo takes several shady swipes at co-star Sorisha, whom Neil labels a “slut” and “side chick.”

Of joining the show, Maria told Sunday Tribune: “I’ve always been in TV, I’ve just never done reality TV, and I think we all have a bucket list, so it was/is a great opportunity to be associated with the franchise.

She added: “Putting my life out there for everyone to see was the greatest adjustment. Reality TV is very different; you’re putting your life out there so people can judge you, and they do.”


Apart from being a wealthy housewife, Maria Valaskatzis is actually an established figure in the film and beauty industry.

According to her VKATZ blog, Maria wears many hats, including:

  • Fashion and beauty blogger with her own YouTube account
  • Socialite, influencer, and seasoned traveller
  • An international accreditation in Makeup Artistry, Image Consulting, and Fashion Styling.
  • Several business ventures to her name, including media and communications agency MV Consulting, a video production company, VKATZPK Media and her own loungewear range, VKATZ by Maria Valaskatzis.
  • She is also working on an educational animation series aimed at young children.


Take a look at these throwback images of Maria before her Real Housewives of Durban fame…