Amazing Race producer says popular contestant “Charla will be famous.”

Amazing Race producer says popular contestant “Charla will be famous.”
The breakout star of The Amazing Race 5 appears to be 28-year-old Charla Faddoul, a dwarf who is running the race with her average-sized cousin Mirna Hindoyian. In her real life, she is “the manager of 10 sporting goods stores near Baltimore,” and now, she “has made a name for herself while angering other teams and polarizing popular opinion,” USA TODAY reports. At’s web site for the show, Charla and Mirna are one of the most popular teams, and after episode two, were leading the predicted winner poll. Bertram van Munster, the series’ executive producer and creator, has only this curious thing to say about Charla: “By the time the thing is said and done, Charla will be famous.”
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.