American model and actress, Amiyah Scott gained widespread attention for being the first transgender woman to join the cast of the popular American reality television series, Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). Famed for being one of the not-too-many transgender personalities who got to play a regular role in a popular series, Amiyah is mostly known for playing Cotton in Fox’s musical drama series, Star.
As who she is and what she does for a living made her popular, it ignited a lot of interest and curiosity over her personal life. From her transition struggles to her love life and whatnots, learn more about this Scott in the passages that follow.
Amiyah Scott’s Early Years and Transition Struggles
Amiyah was named Arthur Scott after she was born on the 11th of January 1988. Her place of birth was in Manhattan, New York City but she grew up in New Orleans, Lousiana.
Right from her early teenage years, Amiyah Scott began to feel that she possess a feminine personality that doesn’t tally with the male body she had. This feeling continued to grow until she took the bold step of opening up to her family. She told them point-blank that she wanted to do away with her masculine features.
Her intention wasn’t well-received by her family but Scott was adamant. At 15, and without her parents’ consent, she underwent a partial transgender surgery. When she turned 17, she went for a full female transition.
Given her parents’ complete disapproval of her action, Scott left her family home and began making a living for herself. Not long after, she left Louisiana for Atlanta as a result of Hurricane Katrina. There, she initially ventured into ballroom modeling.
Away from her family, Amiyah Scott was still bullied and criticized roughly for becoming a woman. The model once revealed in an interview that her unplanned move to Atlanta hastened her transition and helped her embrace who she truly is. Life, according to her, is more fast-paced in Atlanta, unlike New Orleans where people were more traditional. As a result of her perseverance, she eventually won her parents’ support both in her gender and career choices.
Career Breakthrough and Rise to Stardom
Amiyah’s presence in the ballroom community soon earned her considerable media popularity, especially on YouTube. She subsequently expanded her career to include acting through the exposure she gained.
Amiyah Scott also started garnering popularity on social media where she posts provocative photos of herself. With her colorful signature wigs, makeup, and out-of-the-box dressing and styling, she soon earned a massive cult following on Instagram. Amiyah also earned VH1’s title of “KING” after the TV network reported that she is the first-ever transgender model to gain such impressive IG following.
Scott subsequently caught the attention of RHOA, Bravo TV came calling in 2015 and Amiyah didn’t hesitate to answer. Although she taped for the hit reality series for four weeks, she never featured in the aired version of the show as a result of some creative differences that emanated between her and the series producers. Nonetheless, Amiyah Scott did establish a good relationship with the cast and has hinted a return to reality TV, but for the right salary.
Scott landed her big break in 2016 when Lee Daniels selected her to play a major role in Fox’s TV show, Star. She portrayed Cotton, a struggling transgender female in the musical drama series. The budding actress appeared in all three seasons of the series which ended in May 2019.
How Amiyah Scott Made Her $1 Million Net Worth
In addition to her modeling and acting career, Amiyah Scott is also a makeup artist. In collaboration with RivalWorld, she runs a beauty brand called Amiyah Beauty. She is also a writer, event host, and motivational speaker whose topics usually border around bullying and self-esteem/acceptance. As a writer, Scott published her first book, a memoir titled Memoirs of a Mermaid in March 2019.
From all of the above-mentioned ventures, Amiyah has been able to grow her net worth which stands at an estimated $1 million as of 2020.
Facts to Know About Her Love Life
People are always curious to know the details of the romantic lives of popular transgender people and Amiyah’s case isn’t an exception. She has been rumored to be in romantic relationships with several rappers suspected to be gay.
While filming for RHOA however, Amiyah Scott who claims she is not homosexual brought her hairstylist, Kellon Deryck to pose as her boyfriend. But then, Deryck already had a girlfriend at the time.
There are also speculations that Amiyah Scott is dating American rapper, Micah Dixon. The claims appear to hold waters as the duo has appeared on several red carpet events together. Also, they take to social media now and then to gush about each other.