The phrase “mother knows best” is exemplified within Johanna Leia. The former Ford and Wilhelmina model has been in your favorite magazines and on top runways and has now corralled those experiences to support the rising basketball career of her son, Amari Bailey.
The story of the two and that promising future on the hardwood has pegged Johanna as the star of Lifetime’s newest reality show, Bringing up Ballers. Based in Chicago, the show chronicles the lives of this mother-son duo and four others who know their jerseys will be one day retired in NCAA and NBA rafters.
In celebration of the release of the show, Johanna gathered friends, fans, media members and tastemakers for a night out at Reverie. The evening was accented with food, spirits courtesy of D’Usse, live music from DJ Sean Mac, the first episode of the show and the beautiful mother, Johanna herself.
In between making sure all of her guests were having a good time, gushing over her talented son and pausing for a camera flash or two in her shimmering dress, Johanna took out time to share about her son, the Bringing Up Ballers show experience, being prepared for her son’s career because of her own and more.