Bryiana Dyrdek, previously known as Bryiana Noelle Flores, has been married to reality TV star Rob Dyrdek for nearly a decade. Although the age gap between her and her husband has garnered interest on the internet, Bryiana has quite the success story to share.
Bryiana Dyrdek drew her first breath in Salina, California, on July 21, 1991. She has many accolades as a former pageant queen turned businesswoman. She is a mother of two with her husband, former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.
Rob was born in Kettering, Ohio, on June 28, 1974. That makes the couple 32 and 49, respectively, leaving a 17-year age gap between them. Bryiana and Rob lead a happy life together; however, it wasn’t always this way for Bryiana.
Rob Dyrdek and Bryiana Dyrdek attend Express Yourself 2015 presented by P.S. ARTS at Barker Hangar on November 15, 2015, in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images
The entrepreneur faced numerous challenges before her life was a dream come true, and she has been forthcoming with her struggles, including a near-fatal stint with cancer, bullying, and severe abuse.
Bryiana Dyrdek and Her Battle with Cancer
Bryiana was ten years old when she received her leukemia diagnosis and was told she likely had a few days to live unless she had a bone marrow transplant. The Make a Wish Foundation then came and granted her wish to swim with dolphins in Hawaii.
Rob Dyrdek and Bryiana Dyrdek attend a basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
The experience was life-changing for Bryiana, igniting a stronger desire and will to keep living; she described it as her “introduction to the Law of Attraction.” She never got the bone marrow transplant, but she underwent two rounds of chemotherapy, stuck to her medication, and survived the cancer.
In 2008, however, there was another health scare. Bryiana was involved in a terrible car accident that led to a years-long phobia of driving. Eventually, with her husband’s support, she toughened up and got her driver’s license when the time came.
Rob Dyrdek and Bryiana Dyrdek attend Lewis Howes Documentary Live Premiere: Chasing Greatness at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on February 12, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Bryiana Dyrdek Was Subject to Bullying and Abuse
Bryiana shared that as a child, she was mentally, physically, and sexually abused. Although she didn’t delve into the details, the mistreatment also occurred at school. The model said she was “easily one of the most disliked people” at her school and was “constantly bullied.”
Her bullies tried thwarting her aspirations to model as they attacked her appearance, but Bryiana didn’t succumb to their negativity. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams and was scouted within days of relocating.
Additionally, Bryiana was the winner of the 2014 World Perfect Pageant. Eventually, though, she abandoned the modeling scene and transitioned into entrepreneurship.
Bryiana Dyrdek’s Brand: Iconic Beauties
After leaving her modeling career, Bryiana launched her brand, Iconic Beauties, in 2014. Iconic Beauties is a sisterhood of sorts that creates an inviting space for empowering women to feel good about themselves and do good in their communities.
Bryiana also has a blog under the name Iconic Wine Beauties, where she chronicles her daily life as a mom and wife (daughter-in-law to Gene and Patty Dyrdek) and as the founder of Iconic Beauties; however, her last post was from September 2018.
Bryiana Dyrdek’s Personal Pages and Her New Health Diagnosis
The self-proclaimed “undiscovered Disney princess” has created a vibrant timeline, consistently sharing updates about her family adventures, her children’s milestones, and big Iconic Beauties announcements.
The proud mom of two does the same on her Facebook account, though it appears to be a more formal page for her as the Iconic Beauties founder and president. Her Facebook follower count had grown to 664K at the time of writing.
Among the pinned posts on her IG is a reflective and lengthy thread about a new diagnosis. Bryiana revealed that she discovered she was autistic in December 2022. She remembered exhibiting typical autistic traits as a child and being chastised for them.
Many labeled her as dramatic, needy, overly sensitive, and immature. When she joined pageantry, she learned how to behave like a “neurotypical” person: how to make eye contact, to respond “appropriately” when speaking to others, and to disguise her repetitive movements.
Pageantry allowed Bryiana to create an acceptable/digestible persona but at the expense of who she truly was. She expressed how eye-opening her diagnosis was, adding that she had over 30 years of learning, unlearning, and re-learning to be herself.
Bryiana Dyrdek and Rob Dydek Recently Celebrated Eight Years of Marital Bliss
Rob proposed to Bryiana in April 2015 in an Aladdin-themed romantic gesture during their trip to Disney Resort. They tied the knot that September. Bryiana wore a stunning mermaid wedding gown with intricate lace detailing and a long tulle train.
Sharing photos from her special day, the happy bride reintroduced herself, writing, “Hi! I’m Mrs. Dyrdek, nice to meet you!” About two months after the festivities, Bryiana reflected on her love for Rob, saying he was the man she had prayed for before they’d even met.
Rob Dyrdeck and Bryiana Dyrdek attend WORLDZ 2016 at Skirball Cultural Center on August 2, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
That love remains steadfast and grows as the lovebirds recently celebrated eight years of marital bliss. “@robdyrdek, you are the rock that grounds me, the warmth that fills my heart, and the reason I believe in forever,” Bryiana wrote alongside a slideshow of their shared adventures.
The “Ridiculousness” host wrote of his excitement for what year nine had in store for him and Bryiana. When they celebrated their third anniversary in 2018, he recreated their first date, taking Bryiana on a helicopter ride.
Bryiana Dyrdek and Rob Dyrdek’s Kids
Bryiana and Rob welcomed their first child, son Kodah, on September 9, 2016. The youngster weighed seven pounds and seven ounces and recently celebrated his seventh birthday. He enjoyed a Jurassic Park-themed birthday party with his parents and sister.
“Time has completely flown by, but watching him grow into the sweet, brave, curious, and kind-hearted little boy he is has my day, every day (sic). We love you to the Jurassic era and back, Kodah bear,” Bryiana penned, alongside photos from Kodah’s special day.
She and Rob welcomed their second baby, Nala, in December 2017. “She is an angel from heaven. She is absolute perfection. She is our princess. She is Nala Ryan Dyrdek. So thankful for the strength of my amazing wife and grateful for our growing family,” Rob announced upon her arrival on X (formerly Twitter).
The little one will turn six in December 2023. On her fourth birthday, she enjoyed a unicorn-themed party with her family. Alongside photos from the festivities, her mom gushed, “You are truly magic, Nala, and I am so grateful, blessed, and honored to be your Momma.”