When you think of famous Dance Moms alumni, you may think of Maddie Ziegler and her collaborations with musician Sia. Or perhaps you think of JoJo Siwa and her mass market, rainbow-covered, glittery merchandise. But Asia Monet from Dance Moms should be ranked among the most successful alumni as well. With nearly 1.5 million Instagram followers, over 300,000 YouTube followers, and nearly 200,000 Twitter followers, Asia's reach is huge — and all at the age of just 13.
The world came to know Asia when she appeared on the Dance Moms spinoff Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition in 2012. Then, Asia was only six years old. The next year, she joined Dance Moms for its third season. As young as she was, she was a fierce competitor and a talented dancer. Lifetime clearly saw something in her as well, and the network gave Asia her own reality show in 2014. Raising Asia aired for 13 episodes and featured Asia and her family as she followed her competitive dancing dreams.
Even though that show ended, Asia's time in the spotlight did not. She appeared in commercials alongside heavy hitters like Beyoncé (!!) for Toyota and Maddie Ziegler for Target. According to her IMDb page, Asia also went on to appear in the 2015 movie Sister Code and the TV show Major Crimes in 2016. Following that, she landed a role on American Crime Story, playing OJ Simpson's daughter Sydney in four episodes. She then went on to appear on two episodes of Grey's Anatomy as a young girl who gets injured in a car accident with her family.
Asia isn't just an actor, though. She's also a talented singer. In 2014, she released her self-titled first album and followed that up with a Christmas album and several singles from 2014 through 2018. She also appeared alongside Mariah Carey at her 2016 New York Christmas Concert where Asia got to dance and even sing. And in 2017, she tried her hand at design, launching a collection of kids apparel with Target's "Art Class" label.
These days, Asia doesn't seem to dance as much anymore, but she's moved on to other passions. She vlogs her daily life for her nearly 400,000 YouTube subscribers and also uploads song covers.
In 2016, Sheen Magazine asked Asia where she wanted to be five to 10 years from now, and Asia was ready with an answer. "Hopefully the big screen, one of my songs hit number one, doing concerts, selling out the Staples Center, and still, of course dancing," she said. "Also, giving back to people that are not as fortunate as I was. Something that helps kids and makes them happy."
In the three years since that interview was published, it seems that the triple threat dancer/actor/singer has made real progress towards keeping those dreams alive. So the next time you think of Dance Moms and your mind jumps to JoJo or Maddie, don't forget about Asia, too. She's been doing the most since she was the youngest, and she's not slowing down any time soon.
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