From afar, Draya Michele appears to be just another model and reality television actress in Hollywood that is looking to make a living out of her associations and relationships with artists and athletes, as she has dated a good number of them in the past. But what is not known, until you take a good look at her, is that she is an entrepreneur and fashion designer, who operates two separate and successful clothing and swimsuit lines.
Read on to find out more about her early life, relationship history, children, and other achievements.
Draya Michele, whose birth name is Andraya Michele Howard, was born on the 23rd of January, 1985, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to a mother of Italian descent, Valeria Diaz, and an African-American father whose name is unknown.
Details about Michele’s childhood are not available, however, it has been said that she was as a child fascinated with skin care, which prompted her to take a beautification course in school. Draya was also said to have had a huge interest in music, as she aspired to become a singer. She was ultimately inspired by former Spice Girls member, Victoria Beckham A.K.A Posh Spice, who was her idol. Unfortunately for Michele, she was not quite able to forge a singing career for herself as she admitted to not having a good enough voice.
Later on in life, Draya Michele moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue other opportunities. She first tried her hand at modeling which proved to be challenging as she was initially declined by various men’s magazines which described her long neck as bird-like. Nevertheless, she kept trying and eventually got selected by a few magazines and directors who offered her roles in music videos of artists like Kanye West and Usher. Michele’s popularity kept on rising as she was now being booked for photo shoots by a number of men’s magazines like Black Man, XXL, and King. Draya soon became the talk of the town as she began a relationship with singer Chris Brown just after his infamous relationship with Rihanna.
In 2011, around the same time she launched her swimwear line called Mint Swim, Draya Michele was cast to appear in the debut season of the VH1 series, Basketball Wives: LA which she remained a part of until her departure at the end of the show’s fourth season in 2015. Her other fashion lines; Fine Ass Girls and Beige & Coco where respectively launched in 2013 and 2016.
While going about her business endeavors, Michele has further appeared in other television series and movies like Will to Love (2015), The Perfect Match (2016), Bring Out the Lady (2016), ‘Til Death Do Us Part (2017), and Star (2018) where she plays the role of Chloe David.
Draya Michele’s Family – Husband, Son
Michele is not yet officially married to her fiance and father of her second son, Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick is an American football player that entered the National Football League in the 2008 NFL Draft. The California native plays the cornerback position and has lined up for teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Kansas City Chiefs.
Michele and Scandrick reportedly began dating in January 2013 and have been together ever since. There are, however, reports that their relationship was not all rosy as they were on-again, off-again for a few years before Scandrick opted to take things to another level by proposing to her on the 21st of August, 2015. More than a year after they got engaged, Draya Michele gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Jru Scandrick.
Michele has another son, Kniko, whom she had at the young age of 17. For a few years, there have been rumors that former NBA player, Gilbert Arenas, was the father of her first son. The former Basketball Wives: LA reality television star has since debunked the rumors through a long and emotional Instagram post, where she said the father of her first child was someone from her hometown, Pennsylvania, who was incarcerated for 10 years before the child was born and currently makes an honest living as a barber.
Height and Body Measurements
Draya Michele has a height of 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm). The Voluptuous model, who has black colored hair and dark brown eye colors, weighs about 59 kg (130 lbs). Her other body measurements are not known.