Asia Monet Ray From Raising Asia: Pictures and Facts; Information on Parents Shawn and Kristie (+Age, Pictures)

By Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 9, 2014 Updated: September 9, 2014

Asia Monet Ray is the budding star in the Raising Asia series, which is wrapping up the first season on September 9.

The singing and dancing phenom is only nine years old, and has already been part of multiple television shows.

Ray is well-known for her talents but also for wanting to be the next Beyonce.

Besides singing and dancing, the young girl likes to color and do gymnastics, and lists animals among her personal interests.

She was best known for a while for being the youngest competitor on “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” and “Dance Moms,” which led to the Raising Asia spinoff.

Monet says that she has always had a passion for singing even though most of the focus may be on her dancing.

“Ever since I was little I loved singing, I loved music,” she told Bustle. “I was so busy in the beginning and had no time for it, but when I got less busy I had more time. I started to sing like a bird.”

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Monet says that her parents have helped her in her rise to fame.

“My mom has helped so much, motivated me, and never held me back. My Dad knows how hard it is to be the best you can be,” she said. One of the drawbacks of her schedule, though, is that the family doesn’t get to spend as much time as it would like with each other. 

However, the show has enabled her to spend more time with her sister and parents.

“It’s awesome because I get to be with my family. I think it’s the most time I’ve spent at my house in years!” she told Dance Spirit.

“Everyone will see the work that goes into being a dancer, a singer and an actress—a triple threat, a mega star, a pop star! I’m really excited to see myself on TV again, even though we’ll have to TiVo it, because the show’s on past my bedtime. And everyone is going to love my little sister. She’s really funny.”

Asia’s father is Shawn Ray, the former professional bodybuilder and current author, while mother Kristie Ray, who also used to body build in addition to owning a skin care salon and being a model.

Asia also has a younger sister, Bella Blue, who was born in 2008.

Asia has a lot of plans in the future, to expand her brand and help her close the gap between her and Beyonce.

“I wanna do a ton of movies, tour, do a Staples Center performance, perform in Paris and New York,” she said. “I guess if I go to Paris I have to learn to speak French.”

It’s unclear if Raising Asia will be renewed for a season 2.

 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.