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Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 8.15.50 PMMonday night the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel was home to the exclusive premiere of We TV’s “Sanya’s Gold & Glam,” an upcoming reality television series which chronicles the daily life of Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross. Sanya recently won the gold medal in last year’s Olympics in the 4X400 relay as well as in the 400 individual relay. A launch party was thrown in celebration of the show and many notables were in attendance including Sanya herself, her husband Aaron, as well as other members of her family.

The Source Magazine was on hand to discuss all things “Glam and Gold”  and during the festivities Sanya even commented that her family is like “the black Kardashians.” She explained that the comparison comes from how hectic her life can be as well as the sometimes tumultuous relationship she has with her sister, Shari. When asked about what aspect of the show she’s most excited about, you guessed it, she said her family. “It would be introducing my family to the world. They’ve been supportive of me for so long and they’ve kind of been the “wind beneath my wings” and now they get to come up front and so I’m excited to be able to give them a platform and for them to enjoy, I think it’ll be really great.”

She also commented on what the change was like from just living her life to having multiple cameras around her on a daily basis. “ For the first week it definitely was weird, when 25 people become a part of your world. But we’re a great cast, a great crew, easy to work with. After about a week you forget they’re there and just really let your hair down.”


Sanya isn’t the only superstar in her family however as her husband Aaron is currently a cornerback for the New York “Football”  Giants. Aaron was selected 20th overall by “Big Blue” back in 2007, but left for a year to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars before finally returning to his beloved Giants just this year. Sanya shared what the hardest part is about being married to another pro-athlete. She explained, “The timing. I think that’s the hardest part is that we’re away from each other a lot because of our schedules, but we’ve learned how to balance that since I met Ross. The first summer meeting him I was gone for 2-3 months! So we learned really how to balance that and to make time for each other so it’s been great.”

And speaking of her husband, we also managed to get Sanya’s outlook on the upcoming NFL season and what the prospects for the Giants are. “I think it’s great! You know like Ross says “they’re very hungry,”  and the Super Bowl is in New York! Like what bigger motivation could they have? So I’m hoping they’ll be there and I’m excited to watch and experience it again.”

The premiere of the episode went well and viewers can expect to have flashbacks of other reality shows such as the “T.O. Show.” “Glam & Gold” might not quite have the entertainment value as any of the Kardashians’ ventures but nonetheless it will allow for fans of Sanya to get an intimate look at her personal life and maybe have a few laughs along the way.

“Sanya’s Glam & Gold” premieres Thursday, July 25th at 10PM ET/PT.

-Jagpal Khahera (@jkhahera)