Ryan Destiny

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Ryan Destiny
Ryan Destiny Irons

(1995-01-08) January 8, 1995 (age 24)
EducationWest Bloomfield High School
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Dancer
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active2010–present
Parent(s)Deron Irons
Dawn Irons
Musical career
Years active2007–present
Associated actsLove Dollhouse

Ryan Destiny Irons (born January 8, 1995)[1] is an American singer and actress. While she had been working in the music industry since childhood, Destiny first rose to fame as a member of the girl-group Love Dollhouse in 2013. Destiny is best known for her role in the Fox TV musical drama Star.

Early life and education[edit]

Destiny was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her father, Deron Irons, is African American, while her mother, Dawn Irons, is biracial.[2] Her father is a member of the 90s R&B group Guesss.[3][4][5] Destiny attended West Bloomfield High School. In January 2011, Destiny won a singing contest to attend the red carpet premiere of Justin Bieber's Never Say Never.[6][2]



In junior high school, the 12-year-old Destiny formed musical trio New Limit with Jasmine Pore and another friend. Managed by her mother Dawn, the trio auditioned for America's Got Talent in 2011 and they made it to the third round until they decided it was not for them. By 2011, Destiny had signed with an independent label in Michigan and began taking voice and dance lessons.[2] The group would later split, with Destiny and Pore forming a new group with former America's Got Talent contestant Chelsea Stone called "We are Dollhouse" which later changed to Love Dollhouse. The trio signed to All Def, a label partnership with Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind and Brian Robbins. The group released their debut single "Can I."[3][5] After the group disbanded in 2015, Destiny signed with Capitol Records.[7] In 2016, Destiny announced plans for a solo EP.[8]


In 2010, Destiny appeared in an episode of the web series The Wannabes Starring Savvy. In 2011, she traveled to Los Angeles with her mother to start auditioning for projects.[2] In 2013, she appeared in several episodes of the Detroit-based crime drama, Low Winter Sun.[5] Destiny later appeared as the lead in the independent film A Girl Like Grace opposite Garcelle Beauvais and Raven-Symoné. The Ty Hodges produced film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.[9]

Destiny initially booked the role of Tiana on Lee Daniels's hit musical drama Empire but due to her contract with All Def Music, she could not accept the role.[5][10] In December 2015, Destiny booked one of the lead roles as Alexandra in Daniels' new series Star – opposite Queen Latifah.[11] The series premiered on Fox December 14, 2016.[12]


Destiny cites entertainers Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Prince and Aaliyah as her primary influences.[13][14] She is huge on vocalists and has an admiration for singers such as Lauryn Hill, Brandy, India Arie, and Beyoncé.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Wannabes Starring Savvy Customer Web series, Episode 17
2013 Low Winter Sun April Geddes Recurring role
2015 A Girl Like Grace Grace Independent
2016–2019 Star Alexandra Crane Main cast
2020 Grown-ish Jillian Recurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Herself Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actress Star Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actress Star Nominated


  1. ^ Destiny, Ryan [@RyanDestiny] (January 8, 2017). "Ryan Destiny on Twitter: "23 years young"" (Tweet). Retrieved January 18, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d Campbell, Janis (May 26, 2011). "Never Say Never to Detroit Teen Singer" (PDF). Yak's Corner. The Detroit News (775): 4.
  3. ^ a b "Love Dollhouse". Biography. Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Levine, Daniel S (January 4, 2017). "Ryan Destiny as Alexandra Crane on 'Star': 5 Fast Facts". Heavy.com. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d McFarlin, Jim (January 2, 2017). "Ryan Destiny: A 'Star' is born". The Detroit News. Digital First Media. Archived from the original on January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Destiny To Sing" (PDF). Kids Making News. Yak's Corner. The Detroit News (760): 6. January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Morales, Wilson (June 19, 2015). "Exclusive: Singer Ryan Destiny Talks 'A Girl Like Grace'". Blackfilm.com. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Harriet (March 16, 2016). "Ryan Destiny Chats to the Idle Man". The Idle Man. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 1, 2015). "'A Girl Like Grace' LA Film Festival Clip: Grieving, Bullying & Consequences". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Jones, Tashara (September 29, 2017). "Ryan Destiny 'devastated' to lose 'Empire' role, but thrilled with 'Star' part". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (December 7, 2015). "Queen Latifah Lands Lead Role in Lee Daniels' Fox Music Pilot". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Alston, Joshua (December 14, 2016). "'Star's' Newcomers Reveal Audition Stories, What It's Like Working With Lee Daniels". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Anassi, Pennie (December 6, 2017). "#LiveCivilInterview: Ryan Destiny Talks STAR, Colorism, Gabrielle Union, & The Secret To Her Glowing Skin". Live Civil.
  14. ^ a b "You are being redirected..." theknockturnal.com.

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