RYAN DESTINY on the cover of our Autumn/Fall 2020 Issue interviewed by Brandy
“Because of how the last 10 years of my life has panned out, I
now definitely see that God has a divine plan for me. Things that
I thought I was gonna do didn’t happen and it turned to a whole
different route, which I’m super thankful for now, looking back.
So I definitely think that there’s a higher purpose for me and it’s
kind of already the cards.”
Growing up going to studio sessions with her father and surrounded
by the legacy of Motown in Detroit, performing has been a part of
Ryan Destiny’s world for as long as she can remember. The actor
and singer started out in girl groups throughout her teens, before
her breakout role in musical drama series STAR propelled her into a
new spotlight surrounded by co-stars and mentors including
Naomi Campbell and Queen Latifah.
Since then she’s appeared in Freeform’s Grown-ish alongside Yara Shahidi,
Luka Sabbat and Chloe x Halle, released her first singles as a solo artist
and landed her first starring film role in Flint Strong, a Barry Jenkins-written
biopic about boxing champion Claressa Shields. While filming has been
postponed, Destiny has been focusing on her upcoming EP “On One’s Own”
— a fitting debut for an artist who’s carving out a multi-faceted career
entirely on her own terms.
With clear 90s and early 00s influences, Destiny cites Brandy, who
she got to know on the set of STAR, amongst her long-time inspirations
— not just for her iconic music and films, but because she has created
her own inimitable legacy in both worlds. In our Autumn issue, they catch
up over the phone to reflect on their experiences balancing acting and
singing, refusing to compromise artistically and empowering their
audiences to do the same.
RYAN DESTINY wearing Cong Tri
Photographed by Charlotte Rutherford
Styled by Toni-Blaze Ibekwe and Scot Louie
Interview by Brandy
Hair by JStayReady
Makeup by Raoul Alejandre at Opus Beauty
Nails by Thuy Nguyen
Fashion Assistant Nikki Cortez
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Cover Design by Olivia Woodgate
Thanks to MSA Studios DTLA
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