Ariana Madix
Ariana Madix

Ariana Madix is a multi-talented American television personality, actress, model, and author known for her appearances on the Bravo reality television series Vanderpump Rules. She was born on June 24, 1985, in Melbourne, Florida, where she was raised by her parents Jim and Tanya, along with her younger brother Jeremy. Madix’s childhood was reportedly unstable, according to a Radar Online report.

Education and Early Career

Madix began riding horses at a young age, and she had a successful career as a competitive equestrian. She also won two national dance championships. She graduated from Eau Gallie High School in 2003. Madix  received two bachelor’s degrees, Theatre and Broadcast Communications, from Flagler College in 2007. While studying at college, she worked at Disney World as costumed characters such as Ariel, Cinderella, and Aurora.

After college, she moved to New York City and began working for College Humor, MTV, and ESPN. She also studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In the early years of her career, Madix was frequently cast in videos for comedy website CollegeHumor. She made guest appearances on several television series, including Dads, Anger Management, Single Siblings, and Waking Up with Strangers. Madix has also appeared in several films, including Working It Out (2010), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012), Dirty Dealing 3D (2018), and Dead End (2019).

Career in Reality TV

Madix started working at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants, SUR and Villa Blanca. This eventually led to her appearance on Vanderpump Rules in 2013. The show follows the lives of servers at the three restaurants. Madix has been a regular cast member on the show since its third season.

Other Endeavors

In November 2017, Madix released a holiday lip kit, “Ariana Nudist Lip Set,” with Frankie Rose Cosmetics. She also co-authored a cocktail book with Tom Sandoval, her former partner, titled Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers, which was released in December 2019.

Personal Life and Advocacy

Madix has been an ambassador for The Skin Cancer Foundation since 2018 after having surgery to remove a tumor. She uses her platform to advocate for skin cancer awareness. In February 2022, Madix revealed that she had been struggling with an eating disorder when she joined Vanderpump Rules but has since recovered. On March 3rd, 2023, it was announced that Madix had split with Tom Sandoval, with whom she had been in a committed relationship for nine years.


Ariana Madix is a talented actress, model, and author who rose to fame through her appearance on Vanderpump Rules. With a successful career in both reality TV and acting, she continues to inspire and entertain fans worldwide. Her advocacy work for The Skin Cancer Foundation has also helped raise awareness about the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection.

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