Entertainment June 28, 2018
Take a look at this breakout star.
An actress from Fox’s hit show “Star,” Ryan Destiny is a natural beauty with a talent to match. Best known as Alexandra Crane in the series, who is a wealthy daughter of a rock star portrayed by Lenny Kravitz, Ryan (born Ryan Destiny Irons) is definitely making a name for herself. The series is about three girls who form a girl group. Throughout the series, the girls experience different struggles while trying to keep the group together and become successful singers.
Born and raised in Detriot, Michigan, Ryan was always blessed with musical talent. Her acting skills are pretty amazing as well. In recent interviews, Destiny explained how “Star” is a show that demonstrates the ups and downs of the music industry. However, there is more to her than just her role in “Star.”
Ryan Destiny’s father, Deron Irons, was a part of the 90’s R&B duo Guesss. It seems the role of Alexandra is fitting and somewhat similar to her life.
Destiny was a part of an all-girl trio called Love Dollhouse. She was 12 years old and formed the group with junior high friends Jasmine Pore and Chelsea Stone. They signed to Russell Simmons’ label All Def Music. They released a single in 2014, “Can I,” and eventually disbanded. Destiny’s girl group experience initially made her hesitant to audition for the “Star” role.
“I was kind of nervous, I had been in an actual girl group before, and I wasn’t sure how that was going to play out on TV. They want a lot of drama-filled stuff, and I was kind of turned away by that. But I filled them in to my vision, and I kept getting callbacks,” Ryan said, according to the Detroit News.
Due to complications with being signed to a record label, Destiny could not pursue the role she landed for “Empire.” Luckily, she received another chance and eventually got the big break she deserved.
“I auditioned for ‘Empire’ and got a role there, but I was signed to a record label, so I was waiting for things to happen. Meanwhile, the casting director remembered me and really encouraged me to audition for this part,” Destiny explained.
In an interview with The Grio, Destiny explained the struggles that are relatable to almost every dark-skinned girl. Believe it or not, she also explained how social media helped and played a significant role in women becoming more secure and recognizing their beauty regardless of the colorism that exists.
“I didn’t really see what it was and I think it’s because I grew up in a household where my mother was lighter, my father was darker, my grandmother was white, my other grandmother was black. Color was all I saw but I didn’t really process that we were all different.”
“I don’t think my mom being lighter really registered for me until later. It really hit when I entered high school. I went through crushes and there were people who were embarrassed of me or didn’t like me or didn’t want to admit that they did because of my color.”
Despite growing up not seeing dark-skinned women represented in the media, Destiny has found confidence in herself and is able to use that to inspire other young girls to do the same.
Destiny appeared in “Low Winter Sun,” which was a TV series made in Detroit. She also appeared in the indie film “A Girl Like Grace” alongside Meagan Good, Raven-Symoné and Garcelle Beauvais.
Ryan Destiny is definitely a major star on the rise. Her triple-threat talents in singing, acting and dancing has made her unstoppable and a fan-favorite on Fox’s hit show. She is also open about having insecurities like every other girl and is not afraid to make those issues known in the industry. Destiny is a class act and a beauty to watch. Be on the look out for this amazing star.
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