"I've always liked women more," he said. "I was brought up by my mother and older sister. I found my way into dance class. My home life now is mostly women. They are better than us. They make me better."
You also may have spotted her in those early videos of Ryan onstage as a kid. The two often performed together, like in this absolutely amazing talent show number. Make sure to watch until the end.
This was just the beginning of her theater career. While we don't know much about her personal life — she's pretty absent on social media — she has uploaded a few videos to YouTube, some of which include solo singing performances in New York.
With this newfound stardom, we hope to see more of Mandi, and learn more about the woman behind the dress. Until then, I'll leave you with this tidbit: she has two videos favorited on YouTube, and this is one of them.
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