The Truth About Kandi Burruss' Daughter, Riley

"Real Housewives" stars open themselves up for criticism purely by agreeing to appear on the various iterations of the unstoppable Bravo franchise. By sharing the intimate moments of their personal lives with viewers all around the world, the casts from Beverly Hills to Potomac enter into a transactional agreement that, when breached, can prove troublesome (see: Denise Richards' rumored affair with ex-cast-member Brandi Glanville on RHOBH, per People).

The kids of Real Housewives are typically kept out of the fray, popping up to show off when they have real jobs, as with Kyle Richards' successful real estate agent daughter or Lisa Rinna's model daughters. Although being adjacent to the limelight can prove tricky, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss' daughter, Riley, has certainly made the most of her unique platform. 

Kandi Burrass' daughter Riley is all grown up

Real Housewives fans have been able to follow along with Riley Burruss and watch her grow from an adorable little girl into the confident young woman that she is now. After graduating from high school in 2020, Riley shared with her army of followers that she'd be heading to New York University in the fall. "So blessed to have received an amazing education, and special thanks to my amazing mom who is the reason I will be going to my dream school," she wrote in the caption. At the beginning of the pandemic, she posted a joyful pic of herself donning an NYU hoodie, writing, "thinking of the city I will spend the next four years for college in... thank you to all the first responders and essential workers for saving lives" (via Instagram). 

After her first year of college, she reflected on the experience in an interview with Bravo. "I'm still learning, it's a lot of pressure as well, but I'm getting a lot of help," she said. "I just talk to my mom when I'm stressed. But I'm still learning how to proceed." It seems Kandi and her firstborn are still as close as ever! Riley also discussed how she's turned her attention toward her Youtube channel, which has garnered a whopping 53.9K subscribers.

Riley Burruss hopes to inspire other young women

Over the years, Riley Burruss has continuously shown wisdom far beyond her years, especially in how she responds to those who criticize her. Of course, her mom always has her back as well. 

When the then-15-year-old lost a whopping 53 pounds in 2018, Kandi Burruss told People she was so proud of her daughter for getting fit and healthy the right way, while also revealing how much bullying her daughter had endured for her looks online. Riley shared that she hoped to inspire others and it seems that her message rings true, since she isn't letting the comments of others affect how she feels about herself anymore.

In addition to inspiring other young women, Riley is also paving the way for her younger brothers Ace Wells Tucker and Blaze Tucker, the latter of whom was just born in November of 2019 (via Instagram). We have a feeling she's the best big sister a kid could ask for.