You know Ayesha Curry’s husband Stephen from the basketball court, and their 5-year-old daughter Riley for her spotlight-stealing skills during NBA press conferences.
But Ayesha is every bit as accomplished. She’s launched a line of cookware, has her own cooking show, Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, on the Food Network, and she was just named a new CoverGirl.
Her message, to everyone, is: be who you are, and use blush and lipstick (or not) if you want.
“You don’t need makeup. But to be able to use it as a tool, to make yourself however you want to feel that day, is why we use it. There’s some people that love to put on a full face in the morning. That’s their form of expression. You can be whoever you want to be,” says Curry.
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She feels the most beautiful when she’s with daughters Riley and Ryan, relaxing after a tough day.
“There’s nights when you’re so exhausted and you just had quite the day. You put the kids in the bath. You have a great bath. The moment your daughter looks at you and says, ‘I love you mommy,’ that’s when I feel the most beautiful. I love it,” she says.
Her husband is Golden State Warriors NBA star Stephen Curry, and he appreciates his spouse regardless of what she’s wearing. “Oh yes, that’s the annoying part when he’s like, ‘You’re fine, let’s just go. I need to put my eyebrows on,'” she says.
But he is particular about what she cooks up. His favorite meal, says Curry, is chicken parmigiana.
“That’s the comfort food I make for him. I was getting really upset with him. ‘Why are you telling people that’s what I make?’ It’s such an easy dish. But he pulled at my heartstrings. He was like, ‘I had a really bad game one day and I came home and you made chicken parm and it made me happy,'” says Curry.
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She’s passionate about food, and says her new line of pots and pans is both stylish and functional.
“I wanted something that I could have in my own home, that I liked that was accessible to everybody, that’s beautiful and functional,” says Curry, who tested products at home herself.
In the Curry kitchen, Riley may be the most opinionated, but she’s also the most finicky about meals. “My oldest daughter’s palette is a little more bland. She’ll do steaks or shrimp. My youngest loves flavors. Her pasta needs to be sauced,” she says.
But Curry refuses to be a short-order cook, stuck crafting multiple meals to please differing tastes.
“It’s one meal. If I’m doing a pasta dish, I pull out a little bit of pasta before I do the rest for Riley. She’s five. I love that she’s independent. But it’s hard to make everyday decisions with her,” she says.
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