Riley Curry is an American child model and the eldest daughter of Stephen Curry, an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association, and Ayesha Curry, a Canadian-American actress, celebrity cook, cookbook author, and television personality. She first gained public attention after she was forced into a couple of her father's post-game press conferences in May 2015. Since then, she has been stealing the spotlight again and again with each of her appearances. He made three NBA final appearances before she even turned five and witnessed her father win two consecutive MVP awards with unanimous vote. Recently in May 2018, after Warriors' Game 7 win in the Western Conference finals, she was caught on camera exchanging with her father a well-choreographed victory handshake involving eight steps from hand slaps to pointing to the sky. Riley, who is also known for showing off her dance skills on her birthdays, celebrated her 3rd birthday dancing to 'Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)' by Silentó and did the #InMyFeelingsChallenge for her 6th birthday by dancing to the lyrics of Drake’s song, 'In My Feelings'. She appeared on television with her parents for the inaugural episode of TLC's 'Playhouse Masters' series in August 2016.
Rise to Stardom
Riley Curry stole the hearts of basketball fans all over the world at the age of two when she made an entrance on the stage during one of her father's post-game press conferences on May 19, 2015. She was determined to sit on her father's lap, which he had to accept, and while he answered questions from journalists, she even asked him to "be quiet" with a charming giggle that stole the spotlight from her father. She continued to wave to the journalists, speak on the microphone, and even ran under the table. NBA subsequently uploaded a video of her distracting the press on their social media pages, and the video went on to garner more than 3 million views.
A few days later, on May 27, 2015, she once again jumped on the stage during another of her father's press conferences, this time to hijack the microphone to sing parts of 'Blessings' by Big Sean featuring Drake in front of the journalists. NBA again shared another video of the incident on their official social media pages, and the video gained over 2.5 million views within weeks. Within a few days, 500,000 people tweeted about her and her appearances on stage were made into memes and GIFs. It has now become a regular thing for fans to expect her energetic performances during and post-match, just as they expect regular wins from the Warriors.
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Riley Curry, at the age of four, starred alongside her family on the first episode of the TLC series 'Playhouse Masters', which premiered on August 23, 2016. During the show, she got a custom designed playhouse built for her by the hosts, husband-and-wife pair Tyson and Audy Leavitt, who also own a family business that specializes in creating custom-made buildings for clients. While she was already a proud owner of a decent playhouse, her new playhouse will put many actual houses to shame. She was one of the star kids to participate on the show, which also had episodes on kids of actresses Ali Landry and Alana de la Garza, as well as Washington Nationals baseball player Ryan Zimmerman.
Controversies & Scandals
While Riley Curry may seem too young to court controversy and too cute to raise eyebrows, after she began to hijack her father's press conferences repeatedly, some expressed concerns that she was too comfortable to disrupt serious events like a press conference and criticized her parents for allowing her to do so. Following this, her mother issued a response stating that it was important to let children be children and that there was nothing wrong to be a parent even during an event with people watching.
Riley Curry was born on July 19, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina to basketball player Stephen Curry and actress Ayesha Curry. She is half Afro-Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican and half mixed-Polish and African-American from her mother's side, and is of African-American descent from her father's side.
She is the first child of her parents and has a sister named Ryan (born on July 10, 2015) and a brother named Canon (July 2, 2018). Interestingly, all the three siblings share the same birth month. Her grandfather, Dell Curry, is a former professional basketball player, while her uncle Seth Curry is also a professional basketball player who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of NBA.
On her 5th birthday, her mother shared on Instagram pictures from her unicorn-themed birthday party complete with a unicorn bounce house and also a unicorn-themed tea party area.