Vixen Chat: Sanya Richards-Ross On Her New Reality TV Show, and Why She Loves Beyoncé
We’re going to see a lot of you and your husband going through a situation where he’s been put on the back burner—is this the first time you guys had to deal with this?
This isn’t the first time that we dealt with it. But when you’re filming a show as well there becomes less time and more strain on everybody. I would say this was the hardest one we’ve gone through because I really was being pulled in a lot of directions. This is one of my favorite episodes because you see what the whole picture of what my life is like. My faith is my #1 priority and my husband is my second and my family and business are right below that and you really get to see that. I think so many women can relate to this, especially the modern woman who wants to have a business and a marriage, you see how difficult that can be at times. You have to step back and say even though I want to do all this I still want to be the best wife I can be. It’s very dramatic and real.
How do you guys keep the love alive?
In any relationship, when you put that person first and allow them to be all that they can be [it makes them happy]. A lot of times you hear in a relationship, “I feel like I lost myself, I wanted to do this and I didn’t do it because of my marriage” that’s what puts strain on a relationship. What works for Ross and I is he lets me spread my wings, he supports me 100%, and he’s very secure in his manhood and in our marriage and our love. Nothing makes him feel insecure which I love. I do the same for him; I come to all of his games and I’m here doing his cooking and being his wifey when I’m off and those things keep our relationship fresh. I’m really blessed.
I know the baby talk has been brought up a bit, how is that going?
You’re the first person I’ve talked to since my cousin Yolande had her baby. Yollie had her baby on Friday and I’m having major baby fever now. It was just a wonderful experience to be in the room with her and see her give birth, but I’m still holding off a little bit. I still want to go to one more Olympic, that’s my goal. I know I can have a baby and bounce back but I don’t want to be running around. I want to give all my energy to my child and I want my husband and I to be settled. Right now he has a one-year deal with New York and next year he could be somewhere else so I don’t know if that’ll be the perfect environment for a child so I want to wait a little bit longer. Finish off some of my goals and then focus my full attention on my child.
You’re very confidant in what you want to do and where you want to be—how do you stay motivated?
Our dreams and desires come from God. I have big dreams for my life and my family; I can’t sleep and stop because I’m constantly trying to figure out how can I accomplish this next goal. My dad is such a big inspiration in my life. He was a great soccer player and because of his experiences I became an Olympic champion. My greatest motivation is keep a great legacy for my children. I want them to dream bigger than I did because I laid a great foundation for them. One day I can retire and be proud of all I did and accomplished.
Do you look up to any celebrities?
I love Oprah. I love her story, where she started and where she was able to go. She’s a great representation for African American women. I love Michelle Obama, she embodies everything I want to be—a great wife and just a great all around person. I love Beyoncé, I don’t know her but every time I see her perform I’m so excited by her dedication to her craft. Maya Angelou has always been a hero of mine.