Ayesha Curry Talks Family, Food as a Love Language, and the BLM Movement

At 31, Ayesha Curry, mother to Riley (8), Ryan (5), and Canon (2), is well aware of the bond that food can create amongst people, and its potential to bring about positivity. She, along with her spouse, renowned NBA player Stephen Curry, have established a foundation dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger. This initiative has been instrumental in providing meals during the pandemic for those in need within Oakland, California. Moreover, Curry has successfully built a flourishing lifestyle brand centered around her love for cooking and nourishing others. Riding on the success of her recently launched magazine, Sweet July, she is all set for the release of her second cookbook, The Full Plate, this fall. Keep reading to get an insight into what motivates her.

She inherited the hustle.

"My mom was a hairstylist and a business owner for 40 years. Watching her hustle, I think it's em­bedded in me. [People ask,] 'Why do you work so much? You don't need to.' But I'm like, 'No, I do need to, because it makes me feel good.' I thrive off having an idea and seeing it through to the creation."

She speaks through food.

"Food is my passion. It's my love language: It's how I make people happy. It's what I think about every second—including my advocacy with my husband and my foundation, Eat. Learn. Play, which is fighting to end childhood hunger."

Resetting is spiritual.

"I've watched my mom be a praying woman all my life, and it has always given her strength. Prayer, for me, is a conversation by myself, with God, in my mind—sometimes out loud if I'm really stressed out."

Power comes from family.

"My chil­dren and my husband make me strong. As a mom, you can internally have bad days, but you can't have them out­wardly, and that provides strength."

She sees Black Lives Matter as an opportunity.

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Emotions flood over me in waves. At times, I feel compelled to shed tears. Yet, there are moments when observing individuals from diverse backgrounds taking a stand for what is just and right fills me with awe. It makes me believe in the inherent goodness of people and the universe offering us a chance to filter out evil. Reflecting on my ancestors' experiences and their encounters with these issues inspires me to yearn for a better world for my children, one where they won't have to face similar trials.

The intensity of this desire becomes more profound with the realization that we are being given an opportunity to bring about change, to ensure this cycle doesn't continue. Through the Black Lives Matter movement, our eldest child has begun asking probing questions. We make it a point to answer them truthfully, without skirting around the topic. This approach encourages us to cultivate strong, independent, and thoughtful children.

Photographer: @erezsabag// Photo Assistant: @tiffanyolevia// Creative Director: @noahdreier// Photo Director: @toniloggia

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