Matsunaga Riai, June 2017
|Born||July 7, 2005|
|Agency||UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2017-)|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Kenshuusei|
|Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information|
|Time in Group||0 Years, 5 Months, 17 Days|
Matsunaga Riai was born on July 7, 2005 in Osaka, Japan.
She acted as a junior model for "Dream Girls" magazine.
In March, Matsunaga was one of seven who won the Special Award in the Harajuku Mate x Juni Award model audition.
On March 6, it was announced that Matsunaga had joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Shimakura Rika, Hibi Marina, Eguchi Saya, Doi Rena, Okamura Minami, Yamada Ichigo, and Nakayama Natsume. She was introduced at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 3gatsu ~Marching!~ on March 11.
Riai has an older brother and a younger sister. Her sister named Nanoa is also a model. She has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Chloe.
As of April 2017, Matsunaga is currently in her last year of elementary school.
Matsunaga's given name, Riai, means "home" (里) and "love" (愛).
- Richan (りーちゃん): Used by Nakayama Natsume.
- Special Skill: Tongue twisters
- Hobbies: Playing with her dog Chloe, listening to Hello! Project music
- Favorite Music Genre: J-pop (Hello! Project)
- Favorite Sport: Dance
- Favorite School Subject: Music
- Motto: Futou fukutsu (不撓不屈; Never bend, never give in)
- Favorite Food: Waffles made by her mother and ice cream
- Charm Point: Her long hair
- Favorite Color: Yellow
- Looks Up To: Sato Masaki, Sasaki Rikako
- [2017-] Hello! Project Station
- She has won her school's marathon race (girls division) for the past 5 years.
- She attended an ANGERME handshake event before joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
- She had previously met her generation mate Okamura Minami during their work with Dream Girls.
- She shares her birthday with Ikuta Erina and Kawamura Ayano.
- She has a cat named Taiga.