Charla Baklayan Faddoul is a reality television participant who appeared on The Amazing Race 5and The Amazing Race: All-Stars television shows. Charla was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, and is 4 feet tall. Her partner on The Amazing Race was her cousin Mirna Hindoyan. Charla Baklayan was born on July 23, 1976 in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Garbis and Rosine Baklayan. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1978. Charla is a graduate of Dulaney High School and Towson University with a degree in Business Management. On the audition tape for The Amazing Race, Charla lifted weights and even carried her teammate on her shoulders to prove her physical strength. During the actual show, Charla carried a 55-pound side of beef, blocked five slap shots by a professional hockey player, ate one kilogram (2.2 lb) of caviar, and ate a portion of an ostrich egg which was the equivalent of two dozen chicken eggs. At the time, Little People of America spokesman Dan Okenfuss said that "What Charla is doing on the show is great, introducing little people to the mainstream world, doing an activity average-sized people are doing."
Charla & Mirna competed against ten other teams from previous seasons for a second chance at winning $1 million. This time, Charla helped a cowboy lasso, tie down, and groom a wild horse, ate two feet of kielbasa sausage, donned a suit of armor to lead a horse a half-mile, climbed up an 11-story bamboo scaffold and sky jumped 233 meters (764 feet) from the observation deck of the Macau Tower. And in one of the greatest television surprises, Charla and Mirna defeated reality show regulars Rob and Amber.
On the very first episode of MADtv: Season 10, Charla and her cousin Mirna appeared in a skit called "The Amazing Presidential Race". Connie Chung (portrayed by Bobby Lee) narrated the Amazing Race parody featuring a cross country race between presidential nominees: Bush & Cheney, Kerry & Edwards and Charla & Mirna. Charla & Mirna's presidential teammate Ralph Nader (played by Ike Barinholtz) was "eliminated" from the race when Charla ran over him with a golf cart. On the "Valerie Demands Dignity" episode of The Comeback (TV series), Charla receives her own reality show called "The Littlest Assistant" and is made the aide to a one-time sitcom star played by Lisa Kudrow. Battle of the Network Reality Stars was a revised version of the Battle of the Network Stars television program. Charla & Mirna competed against men and women from sixteen reality TV shows including Richard Hatch (Survivor contestant), Evan Marriott from "Joe Millionaire", and Brittany Brower from "America's Next Top Model, Cycle 4".
Celebrity Poker Showdown: Tournament 6, Game 1 featured reality television all-stars playing for charity. Charla played for the American University of Armenia against Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth from The Apprentice, Andrew Firestone of The Bachelor, Trishelle Cannatella of The Real World: Las Vegas, and Jonny Fairplay of Survivor: Micronesia. Charla's husband, David Faddoul, is 5 foot 9 inches tall and met Charla through mutual friends at a party. They were married in 2001. He is a practicing real estate broker and works alongside Charla in her wholesale shoe store in downtown Baltimore. In a 2004 interview, he commented that he was "so proud of her, you can't imagine" Charla and David currently reside in Maryland with their daughter.