Kelly Ripa Has Posted A Photo Of Her Daughter At Prom – And The Teen Looks Scarily Like The TV Host

It’s like two peas in a pod when it comes to Kelly and Lola Ripa. The former had everyone commenting on their likeness when she shared a photo to her millions of Instagram followers of the latter at her prom night. Here’s a look at the pair’s relationship and the TV host’s career so far.

Born in Stratford, New Jersey, in 1970, to a bus driver father and housewife mother, Kelly Ripa first began performing in various local theater productions. And after dropping out of her psychology degree course, she relocated to New York to pursue her acting career – before landing her break. She first caught national attention in the 1980s when she became a regular on both Dancin’ On Air and Dance Party USA.

In 1990 Ripa landed the role of angsty party animal Hayley Vaughan on long-running soap opera All My Children. During her 12-year spell on the show, she also appeared in the films Marvin’s Room and Someone to Love. And at the 1999 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Awards, she picked up Best Actress for her performance in The Stand-In.

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But Ripa’s career reached new heights when she was chosen to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on ABC’s hit morning show Live! – at the time known as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee – in 2001. Her natural chemistry with co-host Regis Philbin regularly attracted six million viewers, while she was also credited with boosting the show’s younger viewers by 80 percent. Then following Philbin’s retirement in 2011, Ripa became the head of the renamed show, Live! with Kelly.

In 2012 Live! with Kelly won Outstanding Talk Show for the first time at the Daytime Emmy Awards. And later that same year Michael Strahan joined her as a regular co-host. Then one year after the former American football player moved to ABC’s breakfast show, Good Morning America, in 2016, the show welcomed American Idol host Ryan Seacrest into the fold.

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Ripa also returned to acting in 2003 when she was cast as an out-of-work former soap star in Hope and Faith. In fact, she spent three years playing Faith Fairfield in the sitcom, which gave the ABC network its highest Friday night ratings for nearly a decade. Once the show was cancelled in 2006, however, Ripa said she “never wanted to work that hard again.”

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Ripa is also no stranger to mixing business with pleasure. During her spell on All My Children she fell head over heels for her on-screen partner Mark Consuelos. The Spanish-American actor – who played Mateo Santos on the soap – and Ripa eloped to Las Vegas in 1996. Consuelos has also regularly appeared as a guest host on Ripa’s morning show.

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In 2014 Conseulos told HuffPost Live about the first time that he had seen Ripa. “I thought she was adorable, hot and sexy and all that stuff,” he said. “But I didn’t really think that I had a chance with her, so I wasn’t really focused on that.”

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And in a 2013 interview with Elle magazine, Ripa revealed the first impression that she had had of her future spouse. “I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male,” she said. “And I didn’t think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him. He makes me feel very safe.”

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The pair have three children together. Firstborn Michael Joseph arrived in 1997 and was followed by Lola Grace four years later. The family unit was then completed in 2003 when they welcomed Joaquin Antonio into the world. But it’s Ripa’s middle child who has found herself in the headlines.

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In 2018 Ripa decided to share a photo of her daughter Lola with her millions of social media followers. The proud mum wanted to show off the 16-year-old as she prepared to leave for her prom night. However, Lola doesn’t yet appear to be entirely comfortable in front of the lens.

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The candid shot sees the shy teen divert her gaze from the camera – although she does break into a grin for the occasion. In the photo, Lola sports a dazzling, ruched purple dress along with some purple strappy sandals and accessories in the shape of a corsage and necklace. Her date, meanwhile, simply wears the traditional tux.

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But while Lola may not yet have inherited her mother’s ability to work the camera, she does appear to have inherited her looks. Indeed, many of Ripa’s followers remarked on just how much she resembles her famous mother in the photo. “I can see her mommy in that beautiful face,” commented one particular fan, while several others pointed out the similarities in their smiles.

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Ripa captioned the photo “Prom night 2018” alongside five gold stars. And Lola herself must have been relatively happy with the picture to allow her mother to share it. That said, while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in October 2017, Ripa told the host that her daughter isn’t always comfortable with having her private life exposed.

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“It’s so bizarre. I’m never allowed to post a photo of her, ever,” Ripa told Fallon. She then joked, “Why did I have these kids if not to exploit them on social media?” And it’s not just recent photos that Lola doesn’t like being shared. Ripa also referred to one particular Halloween pic featuring an eight-year-old Lola that the celebrity mom had uploaded, sending her daughter into a panic.

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Ripa recalled the phone call that she had received from Lola about the offending image, saying, “I was like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t answer it, but what if it’s an emergency?’ She’s like, ‘You take it down right now! My friends follow you for some reason, and they will see this!’ I was like, ‘You know what? I will take it down. I’ll take it down for you.’”

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Yet while Ripa may have removed the photo from her Instagram page, she still showed it to millions of viewers on Fallon’s show. Since then, though, Ripa has ensured that she seeks her daughter’s consent before sharing any picture of her online. Shortly after, the star captioned a family Christmas pic with the words “Wishing you a LIT holiday season! With love from the Conseulos gang. (and yes, Lola approved).”

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Ripa also told Live! viewers that son Michael had once barred her from taking any prom night photos. She said, “It was unbelievable. I’m, like, ‘I am not sure why you are robbing me of the privilege that all the other parents… Like, all the other parents get to immediately post their photos on Instagram, [so] why can’t I?’ And they’re like, ‘You know why.’”

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Lola’s strict photo rule doesn’t represent the only time that she’s negotiated hard with her parents, either. Ripa told Live! viewers that her daughter also showed her bargaining skills when it came to prom night curfew. “She is a trained assassin,” Ripa joked. “I had never seen a kid negotiate a contract this way. And then at a certain point she had us negotiating against ourselves.”

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“She was truly remarkable in her getting extra time out of us, and then she did the baller move of all baller moves,” Ripa added. “She showed up a little early, so we were like, ‘She’s so responsible!’ Even though she had negotiated a full two hours past what time we had thought was appropriate. She came home 15 minutes early, and she’s like, ‘See? I’m home.’”

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