Sanya Richards Sanya Richards

Vixen Chat: Sanya Richards-Ross On Her New Reality TV Show, and Why She Loves Beyoncé

Sanya Richards-RossSanya Richards-Ross took over the Olympics and now she’s sprinting her way to reality TV.

The Olympic track and field World Champion has the life and family many of us dream of. Not only did she win the Olympic title in the 400-meter dash, but she’s been happily married to her husband—two-time SuperBowl champ—Aaron Ross for 10 years!

Richards-Ross is set to dispel myths about Black families and athletes as she shares her love for the people in her life with America in a new reality series, Sanya's Glam & Gold airing every Thursday on WeTV. “I want people to look inside their family, grow together, and build whatever they’re trying to build with their family.”

Ross truly embodies boss status. Flip the page and find out why.

Photo Credit: yafav1neatheart.wordpress.com

sanya richards ross and husbandVIBEVixen: How does it feel to have your life displayed on TV?
Sanya Richards Ross
: I always thought we had a family made for TV. Everyone has an amazing dynamic personality and to see it all come into fruition is like a dream come true for me. But there is also moments where I’m like ‘that’s what they’re talking about’ and I can definitely be better. Being an athlete and having that type of mentality, I always want to do better, so this has been inspirational for me and it’s been a great teacher for me in areas that I want to grow.

Which areas in your life would you like to improve?
My patience. I don't have a lot of patience. When there is something I am very passionate about and I expressed the importance of it being done, I get impatient when it’s not done. That’s an area I want to work on, being overall more patience.

What do you want your audience to learn from watching you and your family?
I want my audience to be inspired. My husband and I have been together for 10 years and unfortunately they’re not a lot of strong family units [you hear about]. You constantly hear about single moms and divorces so I want people to be encouraged that true love does exist. I want people to look inside their family and to grow together and build whatever they’re trying to build.

How do you handle working with your family?
I always say the good days outweigh the bad days but I’m not going to deny that there are rough patches working with family because sometimes it’s hard to differentiate the roles. Sometimes my cousin Yollie and I are somewhere and we fall into cousin mode and it’s still a working dynamic and I have to say “hey we’re not watching TV, I expect you to do X,Y,and Z.’ My mom is my manager and sometimes I feel that she falls into mom role and I have to remind her to respond to that email or change my flight—stuff like that. I think the hardest part is being in close quarters. At the end of the day I have a lot of patients with them as my employee but it gets hard having to go into that tough role.

How is your relationship with your dad? We’ve noticed that you guys are very close but he doesn’t talk too much in the show.
You’ll see him open up more; especially on the final show. My dad and I have a great relationship as I do with everyone. But we do have our moments where it gets challenging. He’s a real Jamaican dad and he has very strict ideals. He always wants me to be this runner and everything is focused on my training, eating, resting, and as I grow and want to be more than just a runner, sometimes he gets disappointed that I’m out in NY doing something else. That’s the hardest part for us; he doesn’t want to let go of my being the runner all the time.

Who’s the hardest person to work with?
My sister is the hardest one to work with.  We’re business partners but she’s the hardest to work with because it’s a different dynamic. The rest of my family is on payroll; we have an understanding of what their roles are for the most part. But my sister and I couldn’t get on the same page in regards to our expectations of each other. She always wanted to own a salon and in my mind I saw us working together but she had different ideas of how it would run.

Photo Credit: blog.zap2it.com

Sanya Richards-RossWe’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.

Sanya Richards

Do you have any advice for woman trying to be at the top of a male-dominated field?
Know your craft very well. Unfortunately women expect more from us than men. If you want to be on top of your game, know your craft and know you’re skill, be very confident. It’s important that we are aware of the power we have, and to continue to be the example for other women coming behind us.

What are your thoughts on David Oliver, he just ran the fastest time this year in the 110 meter hurdle race.
David Oliver’s a great guy. In 2011 he had a great season but he got injured in 2012 so for him to be able to come back and win this title [is great]!

How’s your relationship with Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce?
Shelly Ann is one of my favorite Jamaican sprinters. Not only is she phenomenally talented but also she’s very humble and I just love that. She’s an Olympic and world champion. She’s one of the most decorated sprinters of our generation. She’s a great girl and I’m really happy for her. I wish I could be there myself this year, but I’ll be back.

Are you fully recovered?
I’m going to have surgery [again] next week on my big toe. I ended up with a stress fracture after trying to run on it. So the doctors want to go in and do something else to try and alleviate some of the pressure. I’m prayerful it’ll work and I’ll be back. I’ll have one more surgery and God willing I’ll have two months of recovery.

How did you get into fashion?
As a female athlete that plays for a long time, I guess they expect you to be a tomboy and it’s not cool to be too girly. I remember in college, I was like “why can’t I do my hair, everybody out here looks dead” so I just started to wear more make up. People started to compliment me. People want to embrace their womanhood and feel pretty, so I wanted young girls to know you can do both. After college I got more into fashion and beauty and I love it.

Who are some of your favorite designers?
Besides Louis [Vuitton] and Gucci, Chanel is one of my favorites. I wore [Chanel] earrings it in the Olympics. But I love BCBG, Rebecca Minkoff, TopShop, and I shop a lot in Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Are there any fashion trends you wish would go away?
One thing I never got into was overalls, that can go. Anything else I’ll try but not overalls [laughs].

Can we expect a clothing line from you soon?
That would be everything. I think people think I’ll come out with a sports line but that’s not what I want to do. I want to do something fashionable and trendy. We’ll see what happens because that would be amazing.

Photo Credit: cnn.com

From the Web

More on Vibe

Beyonce Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England.
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncè Shells Out Ivy Park Goodies To Janelle Monae, Yara Shahidi, Kelly Rowland And More

We're less than 24 hours away from the full release of Beyoncè's Ivy Park collaboration with Adidas and fans are beyond ready, thanks to her brilliant orange box preview.

The entertainer and businesswoman gifted her family and celebrity pals with treasure trunks of goodies. From Solange to Yara Shahidi, celebs shared pieces from the collection on social media this week. Adidas announced its multi-year partnership with the mogul last April, making history in the process. The singer is the first black woman to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand. Bey took the steps to own the brand entirely after her initial collab with Topshop in 2016 by purchasing the shares of Phillip Green after sexual harassment claims were filed against him.

“It’s a dream come true to re-launch IVY PARK as the sole owner,” Beyonce said in a statement. It’s her first collaboration with adidas but not her first time building buzz for a product. The legend cleverly shared the mysterious orange boxes in all shapes in sized to her friends, thus creating quite the conversation on social media.

Ivy Park is also creating bigger conversations in the corporate world. According to a November research note by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ivy Park's sales can slowly surpass Kanye West's Yeezy line.

“In-line with adidas approach on other franchises, we would expect there to be a low volume, high priced launch ... to create brand heat and in the following years the brand will likely become more democratized,” the note says.“Initially, Ivy Park will be smaller than Yeezy, but Ivy Park has the potential to be larger, if managed properly,” says Matt Powell, a senior footwear analyst at NPD Group.

We love to see it.

See the celebs bask in their Ivy Park glory below.

Tina Lawson

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I love this couture beautiful Orange IVY PARK Adidas dress thanks @beyonce. @ivyparkadidas @ivypark. @beyonce. @dougspearman

A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Jan 12, 2020 at 1:27pm PST

Reese Witherspoon

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Jan 15, 2020 at 2:28pm PST

Janelle Monae

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you Bey for these @weareivypark pieces ! And a special thank you for my new hide out where I’ll bey escaping my duties . S O proud of you ! Luhhhhh uuuuu @beyonce swiiiipe ☄️

A post shared by Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) on Jan 15, 2020 at 10:35pm PST

Hailey Bieber

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/Y3rcxIDhCe

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 15, 2020

Kelly Rowland

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/vGqwwnZrnl

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 16, 2020

Yara Shahidi

 

View this post on Instagram

 

ADDIDASXIVYPARK PEEK

A post shared by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on Jan 10, 2020 at 11:41pm PST

Scottie Beam

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Check my instastories to see what Beyonce SELECTED for me. Lmfao! Thank you so so much @weareivypark @beyonce ✨ THE INFEED PHOTO IS COMING!

A post shared by scottiebeam (@scottiebeam) on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:48am PST

Ellen DeGeneres

Thank you, @Beyonce. I love my big orange box. Your new clothes are really cool too. #adidasxIVYPARK @adidas pic.twitter.com/ecTxZ5o0CG

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 15, 2020

Missy Elliott

Thank you so much @Beyonce I am soooooooo humbly grateful you are a GEM! Lol the box was so big I was scared to open I thought a whole human was gonna jump out but this FYE sis #IVYPARK I LOVE IT! pic.twitter.com/hJbrfDWvXL

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 16, 2020

Diplo

[email protected] unboxing his #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/D2BKKVzLBw

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 14, 2020

Zendaya

Zendaya has gotten her Ivy Park box....#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/fLYdYAVyWn

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 15, 2020

Kim Kimble

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas for this drip and I’m going to buy some as well

A post shared by Kim Kimble (@kimblehaircare) on Jan 15, 2020 at 4:07pm PST

Rita Ora

Rita Ora out and about in her Ivy Park x Adidas wear. pic.twitter.com/hFt4OQjE4v

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 16, 2020

Quincy

Diddy’s son, Quincy, also got a box of the upcoming Ivy Park/Adidas collection, officially dropping on the 18th of January, 2020 pic.twitter.com/rUJOWgy2l4

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 12, 2020

Cardi B

 

View this post on Instagram

 

That new @weareivypark bomb

A post shared by Cardib (@iamcardib) on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:15pm PST

Laverne Cox

https://twitter.com/BeyLegion/status/1216405687862988806

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#mood4eva in my Adidas X IVY Park ... #mood #TransIsBeautiful @adidas @weareivypark @beyonce #DisclosureDoc

A post shared by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on Jan 16, 2020 at 12:00pm PST

Michelle Williams

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Looks coming soooooooooon!!! “I GOT IT” by @rickydillard is appropriate! @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas!! Ok bye for now!!

A post shared by Michelle Williams (@michellewilliams) on Jan 16, 2020 at 2:03pm PST

Solange

Solange getting the Ivy Park x Adidas from her sis pic.twitter.com/G2bRO2lTYc

— | IVY PARK X ADIDAS ON JAN 18th (@beysarayonce) January 15, 2020

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner got a Ivy Park box...#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/79LGysUZBp

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 17, 2020

Keke Palmer

 

View this post on Instagram

 

why do i feel like the whole planet earth is going to wear ivy park? — #beyonce #beyoncé #queen #queenb #yoncé #rumiandsir #rumiandsircarter #rumicarter #sircarter #blueivy #blueivycarter #jayz #jayonce #beyonceandjayz #thecarters #sashafierce #beyhives #beyhive #beckywiththegoodhair #ivypark #ivyparkbeyonce #weareivypark #ivypark2020 #2020 #beyonce2020 #beyoncephotoshoot #beyonceoutfit #flawless

A post shared by (@bivyslife) on Jan 17, 2020 at 4:36am PST

Continue Reading
Versace

Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress To Be Transformed Into Swanky Watch

The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

Check out the watch below.

 

 

 

Continue Reading
Supporters of singer R. Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, leave after the singer's arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Building on July 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Azriel Clary Contemplates Working With Feds In R. Kelly Case After Fight With Joycelyn Savage

The case against R. Kelly has continued to grow new legs as Azriel Clary has contemplated working with authorities following her fight with former girlfriend Joycelyn Savage.

This week, the 22-year-old returned home after getting into a physical altercation with the 24-year-old at Kelly's residence at the Trump Towers in Chicago. The fight (or screams) were heard on Clary's Instagram Live Wednesday (Jan. 8). After returning home and pressing charges against Savage, Clary is now interested in working with the federal agents in the assault case against R. Kelly. Sources tell TMZ "she now wants to help law enforcement with its investigation into Kelly, but she has a huge hang-up—she's terrified because she's lied to federal agents several times in the past." Clary also signed an NDA during her relationship with Kelly.

During her fight with Savage on Instagram Live, the aspiring singer says multiple times the two engaged in sexual activity when she was a minor, an allegation she denied in their joint interview with Gayle King and with the feds. Elsewhere in her Live, she admitted Kelly convinced her and Savage to lie to King during their interview. He also prohibited them from watching the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. She reportedly saw the documentary after leaving Kelly's residence.

Despite the rumors, federal agents are not involved in the situation between Savage and Clary. Savage was formally charged with misdemeanor battery and made bond. She is expected to return to court in a few weeks. Savage was also briefly reunited with her family this week.

Clary's mother Alice Clary spoke with PEOPLE about the welfare of her daughter and urged the public to see her as a victim, not a willing participant in Kelly's alleged behavior. “Everybody has something to say, she was 17 when she left. Now she’s 22, but guess what? She’s had problems for the last few years,” she said. “She may have done things as far as being grown physically as a young woman, but mentally no. She still has the mental capacity of a 17-year-old because he kept her stagnated for years and didn’t let her be with her family.”

“The battle is won because she’s still here, she’s still alive, she’s still breathing and though she lost a few years of her life, she’s still here to tell her story,” she added. “Because I chose not to keep her secluded in her life, she’s here now and we’re able to say the victory is won because she finally came to her senses and she’s back home with her family.” Now that her daughter is home, Alice Clary is focused on helping her daughter move on from her ordeal with Kelly.

As the families continue to help their children, the public has weaved their own theories into why Clary decided to leave Kelly's grip. Bloggers like Tasha K, who have reported on Kelly's predatory behavior, reported Wednesday (Jan. 8) a possible reason for Clary and Savage's fight. Clary allegedly arrived at the condo with a man, a rule-breaker in the condo. When Savage approached her about breaking the rules, the two got into a scuffle as Kelly's helper named Kimberly watched.

Lifetime followed up their acclaimed documentary with Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning earlier this month with follow up interviews with his victims and notably, Dominque Gardner who was rescued by her mother in the first doc.

Continue Reading

Top Stories