Name: Azia Davis
Nickname: Azia D.
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Bust: 34 D
# Of Followers: 6k+
Magazine: Lowrider, Hollywood Weekly, Get Money, Black Men (Digital), Dynasty Series (featured 5xs), SHOW (Black Lingerie #21), The Cake Magazine, ShyGirl, XXL's Web Candy of the Week, FBM, B.A.D.D (Cover Model)
TV/Radio: Power 106 Radio Guest Host, GSN's "Baggage" TV Appearance
Video: DJ Khaled – “Take It To The Head" (Lead), TYGA – "Make It Nasty" (Lead)
Advertisement: Chynna Dolls Swimwear (spokes model), Tecate Trade Show Host, JC Cognac Ad, T.I.T.S Brand T-shirt Model, Seductive Complexions
Favorite Food/Restaurant: I'm definitely a foodie! I'm not the girl who watches her figure or counts her calories. I love Mexican, Italian food and pastas, steak and potatoes, and I can't forget seafood. But, a good old summertime backyard BBQ will never go out of style. A home-cooked meal will always be my first choice.
Favorite drink: I assume you mean alcohol, so I'm going to say champagne—Ace Of Spades to be exact. But, on a regular, I'm a sucker for strawberry soda. I know it's horrible, but I think I drink that more than water.
This being our second time, how do you feel about Black Men magazine dedicating an issue to browner skinned models?
I think it's great, and I'm honored to be part of this issue. Black is beautiful period. People need to realize that's what makes us unique and why we are so diverse and exotic. There are so many shades of our brown skin, and it's about time somebody focused on how beautiful it actually is.
Do you think darker skinned models are booked less? Why?
Sometimes I do, but I try not to focus on the negative of thinking it's still about skin, complexion because if it is, we have not moved forward at all in this world or industry. I would hope that's not the case and in my opinion it would be absolutely ridiculous for that to be a reason not to hire a model. Beauty is beauty. Who cares what color you are? Everybody has a type, and I feel like sometimes this society is brainwashed into believing what they want them to "think" is beautiful. If it's hot at the moment then it's hot to "everybody." Prime example in the media today is having a nice, big ass real or fake. When it was only about ten- to twenty-years ago that having a big ass was looked at as "gross" or "unattractive." But the moment it becomes glorified in another culture, it becomes "cool" to embrace it in ours? That's the type of thing that irritates me. Black women (dark-skinned, light skinned or brown skinned) have had big asses, big lips, big hips, big everything for years! But it's never "honored" until somebody else says its "cool." It's very sad, but we don't even realize how powerful we really are as black people and we all need to do better at uplifting ourselves first. Embracing the beautiful qualities in ourselves that deep down most people want and envy. We are all beautiful. All complexions of us!
Describe your type of man.
I'm definitely an Alpha female, so I crave an Alpha male type. That's the type I need. I love a "take charge" type of guy. A man that makes a woman feel like a woman. I need the type that has enough home training to treat his woman like a queen, but still knows how to be assertive and take care of business at work and in the bedroom when necessary.
Name five things a man should never say to you.
"Calm Down." I know that's not five things, but those two words can get a guy into a whole lot of trouble at the wrong time! [Laughs.] Although I can't think of five things in particular, I know I have a slick mouth so any level of disrespect I will not tolerate—coming from males or females.
Girls night—you and your girls sip wine and the subject most commonly discussed is...
[Laughs.] Oh, to be a fly on the wall at my house. Honestly, my girls are like dudes. No subject is off limits, especially if there's wine around. We are all free spirits who laugh at lot and don't take too much of this world too serious. The subject to most likely come up in our conversations would of course be about guys and sex. And, then about how we can't trust these hoes because they ain't loyal. And, traveling options, because we feel like nobody gets us and we need to get away [laughs]. We just like to have fun. We are definitely the tomboys, the "cool" girls that real dudes like to hang with. I think by having more male friends than female you start to smarten up, sit back, watch and chill. That's the type we are. All my girls are all business owners, bosses and lady bosses in the making, and we keep it real with ourselves, guys and the reality that are some men. Some people get us and some people don't. We're a rare breed of females.
Besides Kerry Washington, Michele Obama and Jennifer Hudson, name five famous, beautiful dark skinned women.
Well, I have to say me, of course…famous or not [laughs]. Tika Sumpter, Kelly Rowland, Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Gabrielle Union, and there are plenty more.
Tell people what you feel when you hear: “You’re pretty for a dark skinned girl."
Honestly, it makes me want to slap people—it's so ignorant. Who's to say that just because your skin is lighter you're automatically prettier? It really disgusts me to hear people say that or "You're pretty for a Black girl" This scenario just happened to me a few weeks ago in Vegas where a (drunk) guy tried to compliment my friend by saying, "You're pretty for a Black girl." She was very offended, and she was “light skinned!” At the end of the day, ignorance is ignorance, and it's extremely funny to me how people (including ourselves) sometimes try to divide and put down our race, our colors, and features that probably 95% of the world imitates—especially in today's world.
Tell us something amazing about you that we wouldn't know besides seeing how beautiful you are to us.
I've always been a writer over everything. Although I didn't complete it, I went to college for Journalism and was a straight-A student in English. It's just something that soothes me. It comes easy, and I can most definitely say that it is my first passion. I have a long list of goals, but stay tuned—maybe one day I'll sit down to write the story that is me. And trust me, I may be quiet, but my life is like a movie.
Give an encouraging word to fellow darker skinned models looking to make a career in this business.
First, forget this whole “dark skin vs. light skin” BS, and go for what you want. When someone tells you "No" in this industry, you got to go harder. I've been told no on plenty occasions. I've been made fun of, manipulated, scammed and lied to, and yet, I still continue to be booked and published because I'm a go-getter. I'd rather people wonder how I'm still here than to think they can easily break me. You have to believe in yourself first before anybody else can. And, those beliefs in myself are why I continue to climb my goal ladder today.