Ayesha Curry Said She Wasn’t Embraced As A Black Woman In The U.S When She First Moved Here

June 22, 2019  |  

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Ayesha Curry recently opened up about how difficult it was to try to fit in when she moved to America from Canada when she was 14-years-old. Curry said she wasn’t embraced as a black woman when she moved to North Carolina, which she had never experienced before growing up in Canada. Even though her mother is Jamaican and Chinese and her father is African-American and Polish, she never felt like she had to choose a part of her racial identity over the other, until she moved to the states.

“Growing up in Toronto, I was black. I’m a black woman,” Curry said during her visit to ABC’s The View . “I moved to the south, to North Carolina, right at the start of high school, so at 14, and there it was like…who do you choose? I always loved every part of me.”

The chef/author added that she didn’t receive a warm welcome from her peers either.

“It seemed like my own community didn’t want to, like, wrap their arms around me and embrace me. That kind of hurt.” She added, “I just want my community to embrace all shades because we come in so many different shades. Melanin is not one thing; it comes in so many different shades. I love my melanin.”

One person who did befriend Curry was her now husband, NBA All-Star Stephen Curry, whom she met at church during her first year in North Carolina. They now have three children together as well as a non-profit organization, the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Foundation.

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