Sanya Richards-Ross and her family are bringing a fresh new storyline to this season of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta! The 4x Olympic Gold Medalist recently chatted with BET Lifestyle about her recent move to the ATL with her loved ones, along with why she loves her multigenerational household. Keep scrolling to get to know the RHOA newbie that deserves a gold medal for transparency!
Over the past two years, people have reconsidered their lifestyle choices. Many reported switching up their daily routines as a way to prioritize their health and happiness. Others packed up all their belongings and moved to a new city. Richards-Ross was amongst the latter.
In 2020, the multi-talented beauty and her husband Aaron Ross made the joint decision to move from Austin, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia with their son Deuce. “I wish that I moved to Atlanta sooner,” the track and field athlete shared with BET.com while celebrating the Black excellence of the ATL community. “I'm really loving the culture and the people.”
Hoping to deepen the family bond that had only grown stronger during the pandemic, Richards-Ross invited her loved ones to share space in her new southern home.
Although the family was initially apprehensive about the reality star's idea to live together, the move has proven to have its benefits, including a lager following on social media. “I hope that in whatever small ways, our family is able to remove the stigma around multigenerational living,” she explains, celebrating her choice to move into a spacious ATL home with her parents and sister’s family of four. “It wasn't anything we ever thought we would do.”
ICYMI: The family of nine documents their fun adventures on Instagram, and we cannot get enough of their chemistry.
While Richards-Ross admits “it’s not all roses” living in the same home with her family members—who all have their own personalities—their relationship has only strengthened with time.
“It’s been so incredible. We sometimes take time and family for granted,” she explained. “Every time I see my dad walk up the stairs I'm just like, ‘Oh my God, these are precious moments.’ I really appreciate this time.”
Richards-Ross adds that the support from her family to care for her son while she travels for work is much appreciated. Another perk is having a kitchen stocked with delicious foods—including Jamaican patties.
“We try to keep Patties in the house, but it’s tough when it’s a household fave—especially when some of us treat it like a delicacy and others eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” Mama Sharon shares with us.
On the topic of moms, we also spoke to Richards-Ross about her community-based project, MommiNation.
“MommiNation was birthed out of my own unique experience,” she told us about the free community aimed to support other moms through informative blogging, fun challenges, and overall unity. “As a [first-time] mom, I was trying to find communities to connect with that I felt had similar experiences, but I didn't see anything that felt like it spoke to me as a Black woman and a Black mother.”
She continued, “I wanted to create this community to help moms not feel alone.”
The community has more than 40,000 Instagram followers and is continuously growing since its launch in 2019. "The goal is to eventually hire 100 Black moms to work in the company," she shares with enthusiasm. "It's just been great to be able to provide for this community. The love and support has been everything."
To learn more about MommiNation, sign up at MommiNation.com.