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From the Basketball Court to the Runway

Updated: Apr 27

Just when you think you have it all figured out, a new opportunity may drop in your lap. So, what do you do? Well, Suriya McGuire rose to the occasion and got her stroll on.

Since she was 6-years-old, Suriya has been a basketball player...until now. Suriya, who goes by the nickname “Ray Ray” was ranked fifth among high school point guards in the country from her position at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the 7th ranked female player in the country overall. After being recruited by several Division One schools, she decided to sign with The University of Miami.

Suriya is the Daughter of Tampa radio personality, Queen B, who can be heard evenings on I Heart radio on 95.7 The Beat. Queen B shared: “That’s actually what brought me to Tampa Bay. I followed my daughter to Florida.”


Suriya always believed the WNBA was in her future, and she was right. Suriya played professional basketball overseas in Iceland, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, and Angola. However, she didn’t see this next move coming. She describes it as a shift in the atmosphere.


In October 2019, Suriya was invited to walk in a fashion show for a friend’s clothing line. Fortunately, for Suriya, it was the kickoff of LA Fashion Week! This turned out to be the chance of a lifetime and the beginning of a new career. The rest, as they say, is history. In January 2020, Suriya moved to Los Angeles to pursue a modeling, styling, designing and music career. Suriya has already earned styling credits for several artists for the "Rolling Loud" (music fest). Suriya has been blessed to attend the Grammy’s, the Oscar's, and a host of other nationally-renown events. Suriya has modeled in several fashion shows and has been chosen for several photo shoots for clothing lines. She recently landed a production credit in an ad for major athletic brand. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Suriya was scheduled for a TV and print ad campaign for a well-known protein drink. She could not disclose the exact information, because it has not yet been released. Her mother, Queen B, recommends, "Keep your eyes on this beauty, because she is multi-talented and full of surprises."


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