photo by Leslie van Stelten
LAUREN & KIYOMI
Lauren, 32, jewelry designer and CEO of Lyon Fine Jewelry
Kiyomi, 27, singer/songwriter of the band Hunter Valentine
Fans of Showtime hit The Real L Word had the pleasure of watching sparks fly, then real romance bloom, between cast members Lauren and Kiyomi throughout the third season. In addition to living on opposite coasts when they met, being featured on a reality television show posed some unique challenges for the couple. Among them, Lauren mentions being filmed those first few months...and watching the show together and dealing with seeing each other in situations with other people. The couple has managed to thrive and grow in spite of their unusual circumstances-and they are stronger than ever. We both have very active careers, says Kiyomi, so I think there is certain support and respect that we have provided each other that is important in order to make it work. As for their blissful future, Lauren says, Marriage will be a part of that journey for sure, while Kiyomi jokes, If she puts up with me until that lovely day...I would love to. Lauren is like no other woman I have met in my life. She is my dream girl.