Tamera Mowry's daughter steals the show on Halloween this year with costume given by Loni Love
Ariah Housley was a ladybug this past Halloween courtesy of her mother’s fellow “The Real” co-host, Loni Love. Ariah and her mom, Tamera Mowry-Housley also share a mother-daughter bond that goes way back before she was born.
Tamera took to Instagram on October 28 with a picture of three-year-old Ariah in a ladybug costume consisting of a black top, red tutu, and strap-on back.
Ariah’s hair was pulled up in a messy bun, and she struck an adorable pose at the bottom of the stairs. Tamera was full of thanks to “Auntie” Loni in the caption:
“Thanks Auntie @comiclonilove for this costume. Ariah can’t wait to wear it, and I know I have to be a lady bug too! Again, thanks Loniiiiiii”
Loni, 47, shared Tamera’s post on her Instagram page and called Ariah: “My love bug!!!”
Although the ladies sometimes disagree on their talk show, Tamera- who gained fame alongside her twin sister Tia on the 90s show, “Sister, Sister”- and Loni have a healthy friendship that extends beyond the cameras and studio.
LONI IS ADAM'S "SISTER"
In 2017, when Tamera’s husband, Adam Housley, had to be away from home on assignments as a news reporter, it was Loni who stepped in to help out.
Housley covered the Florida hurricanes, the Las Vegas shooting, and the California fires. In a heartwarming Instagram post, the former Fox News correspondent called the comedian his “sister:”
“The last few weeks have been rough. I’ve never been apart from my family for so long and yet I am so blessed to come home to my family and my home. To my wife @tameramowrytwo you are a rock. To @comiclonilove you are a sister I never had...my kids adore you and thank you for being there while I am covering such heartbreak.”
TAMERA DEFENDS HER MAN
Housley, 46, left Fox News in August, but before then, his affiliation with the station made him the target of constant racism allegations. His wife used her show’s platform to clear up the misconception multiple times, the most recent being in September.
Surrounded by her co-hosts, Loni, Jeannie Mai, and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, Tamera insisted:
“There are some people who think that my husband is racist because he worked for a certain channel. I’m gonna look in that camera right there and let everybody know my husband is not a racist.”
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS
Tamera, herself the offspring of a black mother and a white father, also said in April that “The Real” has been successful because they “cut through the B.S.”
“We just say it like it is,” the 40-year-old offered. “We’re not politically correct, and I think now more than ever people want to hear that.”
After pointing out the show’s commitment to diversity (the four co-hosts comprise mixed, African-American, Asian-American, and Latina women), the Emmy award-winning host added:
“We get to come to work, be authentically ourselves, and people resonate with that. They just want to see real people with their real thoughts. When women talk about things that they have gone through and overcome, that’s the only way we can actually learn.”
"IT'S TOTALLY NOT TRUE"
Meanwhile, there were rumors in May that Loni had been fired from “The Real” and replaced with a white woman.
Loni was, however, quick to shut down the rumors, saying on the show, “It’s totally not true, you guys.”
A MOTHER'S PRAYER
Speaking on their show in June, Tamera gave viewers an insight into the strength of her bond with Ariah. One look at the star’s social media pages and you’ll be spoilt for choice of the best mommy-and-me pictures featuring the two.
Going by what Tamera said on air, that love goes back to the days when the actress was still pregnant and praying that her daughter looks like her.
Tamera’s husband, Adam is white, and their first son, five-year-old Aden has more of his physical features, especially skin color. When Tamera said she thinks Ariah has her skin and eye color, Adrienne cut in excitedly:
“You prayed for that! I remember! She was like ‘Lord, let her be brown. Let her have black hair.’”
Although most of the reactions that trailed the “Double Wedding” actress’s admission were funny and harmless, there were a few that apparently saw something offensive in it.
The Shade Room shared the update, and there were comments like, “Then get a black man….I’m confrusedddd,” a sad reminder that Tamera and her husband have received hatred on many occasions for their interracial union.
ANOTHER MAMA SPEAKS OUT
As it turned out, Tamera’s wish for her daughter to look like her is something other mothers experience. Yahoo Lifestyle interviewed six mothers with biracial children and one of them, Danitra Wynn from New Jersey, said this about her experience:
"When I was pregnant with my daughter, who is biracial, I had my prayers about my preferences for her features. I most importantly prayed for her to be healthy and happy, which I was grateful to receive. However, I also prayed that she would have ‘good’ hair.’ Hair is such a prevalent component of black culture, especially within the essence of the black woman’s transcendence. My daughter has thick, long, and curly hair. Although it’s high maintenance to manage and it feels like arm day at the gym when I’m done styling it, I wouldn’t dare perm it. Hair is art to us. We wear it as an accessory.”