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‘Raising Asia’: Is Lifetime’s Asia Monet, 9, The Next Beyonce?

Tue, August 19, 2014 10:00am EDT by HL Intern 24 Comments

Asia and mom Kristie Ray give the scoop on their new show and their big plans for Asia’s career.

After crushing Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and dominating Dance Moms, break-out star Asia Monet is finally ready to… well… break out.

Currently starring on her own series, Lifetime’s Raising Asia, she and mom Kristie Ray are inviting fans along for the next chapter of their journey to superstardom — and they insist that what you see is what you get. (Well, most of the time.)

“Some of the episodes make my mom look mean,” Asia tells, clarifying that “she’s a very nice person.”

Explains Kristy, “I get stressed, but I think they over-dramatize the looks I give Asia. Honestly, the messenger’s just trying not to get shot — and that would be me.”

Speaking of stressful situations, Asia says she learned a lot from mentor Abby Lee Miller, who strikes fear into the hearts of most mortals… but not Asia!

“I’m one of Abby’s favorites,” she explains. “She made me a better dancer.”

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Oh, and did we mention that Asia just released her self-titled debut R&B/pop album?

“It’s not cute or anything,” Asia insists. “It’s sassy, fierce, diva and funky. It’s like Beyonce and Janet Jackson.”

So what’s next for Asia? Don’t worry, she has a very specific to-do list:

“I want to be in tons of movies, I want to perform at the Staples Center, I want to meet Beyonce and Janet Jackson, I want to go to Paris, and I want to be in a couple fashion shows,” she tells us.

At the rate Asia’s going, she’ll be done by Christmas.

Raising Asia airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. Asia Monet is available on digital shelves and on