“People have a hard time saying no to me, and that’s just been my blessing.“
Michaele Salahi (née Michelle Ann “Missy” Holt) (born October 1, 1965) is an American self-proclaimed model and socialite. The Oakton, Virginia native is a very active member of theWashington, D.C. social scene.
She and her husband, Tareq, are founders of America’s Polo Cup, which had become one of the largest and most high profile polo events in the U.S. They have also been the alleged owners and residents of the Oasis Winery near Hume, Virginia. (Both the Oasis Winery and America’s Polo Cup, Inc. filed for Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in February 2009 and September 2010, respectively.) In 2009, she claimed to be a former Washington Redskins cheerleader; however, the Washington Post reported that this was untrue.
Michaele is the daughter of Howard A. Holt Jr. & Rosemary (née O’Malley) of Fairfax, Virginia; her siblings are named Debbie, Howard III, and Glen. She attended, but did not graduate from, King’s College.
Michaele married Tareq in 2003 in a ceremony at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. The guest list included 1,836 guests,including Supreme Court JusticeAnthony Kennedy and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler. The wedding, originally scheduled for October 2002, was postponed numerous times, prompting Kennedy to quip that he needed to issue “subpoenas” to the bride and groom.
In September 2010, it was claimed in an interview with Fox News Channel that Michaele was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seventeen years ago. According to interview transcripts, this statement was made by Diane Diamond, the tabloid journalist who authored the couple’s 2010 book, rather than Michaele herself, who seemed too distraught to speak. Also in September, it was reported that Michaele would pose for Playboy Magazine in a full frontal shoot. Sources claim that Salahi later denied the claim. On the philanthropic front, Michaele claims to be an advocate and fundraiser for MS and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Michaele is also known as one of the “White House Crashers” as she and her husband showed up at the White House without invitations and greeted President Barack Obama on November 24, 2009, in the receiving line for 400 invited guests. Three days later, the United States Secret Service publicly stated the Salahi couple had not been invited to the event and, although they went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, should have been prohibited from the event altogether. Bravo producers said they had been filming the Salahis before the dinner, but were told by the couple that they were invited. Both Salahis claim no wrongdoing but pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify to their story during the subsequent investigation