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Valerie Simpson's Daughter Asia Ashford Shares Rare Snap with Parents and Sister in Matching Outfits

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jun 05, 2020
05:30 P.M.
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Asia Ashford shared a throwback picture where she posed alongside her sister and her parents in matching outfits, and the adorable family looked happy to be in each other's company.

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Valerie Simpson's last daughter, Asia, took a trip down memory lane with a glimpse into an old picture of her adorable family.

In a recent Instagram post, Ashford shared an old family photo of herself with her older sister, Nicole, and their famous parents.

Singer Valerie Simpson with her daughters, Nicole and Asia at the Star Plaza Theatre on December 10, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images

Singer Valerie Simpson with her daughters, Nicole and Asia at the Star Plaza Theatre on December 10, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images

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The adorable picture saw the Ashfords wearing matching white outfits as they flashed charming smiles for the camera.

With the group posing closely next to each other, Valerie put her hand across Asia's shoulder while her husband, Nickolas, placed his arm on Nicole's shoulder. Captioning the snap, Asia wrote:

"A picture of a picture. #simpliertimes #family #waybackwednesday"

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The post garnered reactions from fans and followers who flooded the comment section with sweet words for the family.

One user wrote, "Black Royalty," while another added, "Rest In Peace to your father, Mr. Nick Ashford peace to you and your family. Hope you are staying safe. #solidasrock." Many other fans left heart emojis in admiration of the photo.

Last year, Ashford and Simpson were honored with the "Recording Academy's Trustees Award" at the "Grammy Award Salute to Music Legends."

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Nickolas, who formed the iconic singing duo "Ashford & Simpson" alongside his wife, passed away in August 2011 after suffering from throat cancer.

Speaking about how she copes with her husband's death, Valerie explained that she was surrounded by family and friends who helped her whenever she was feeling down. She also added:

"It's something I didn't expect – to be in this position. Nothing prepares you for it. It's a hard thing to go through."

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As music partners, Ashford and Simpson performed and produced some of the hit songs of their time. The duo also wrote several songs for a list of artists, which include Marvin Gaye, Tammi Tarrell, and Diana Ross.

In 1963, Ashford became drawn to songwriting after meeting Simpson, who was then a music student at the White Rock Baptist Church in Harlem.

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The legendary singer often attributed their religious background as a standing influence on their music. He said: "So much soul comes out of the Baptist church, it's so embedded in you."

Last year, Ashford and Simpson were honored with the "Recording Academy's Trustees Award" at the "Grammy Award Salute to Music Legends."

The couple's daughter, Asia Ashford, was also in attendance to support her mom while rocking her late dad's fabulous vintage gold, beaded jacket.

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