Trans Model Amiyah Scott Says She Wouldn't "Exploit" Herself For “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta”
"I honestly saw a chance to help change the perspective of MY community, but I wanted to maintain my dignity," wrote the trans model and actor.
Model Amiyah Scott was cast in Season 8 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a "friend" of the Housewives. She would have been the first trans reality personality on the Bravo show.
And many caught a glimpse of the 27-year-old in her RHOA debut on Dec. 27, the eighth episode of the season:
But it seems like maybe that's all viewers will get. Scott opened up about her experience filming with a message on Instagram:
Scott writes that she had a "great time" filming but due to "contractual complications" and the "magic of editing," she would no longer be appearing on the show.
"Welp 🤗 seeing as that was the 1st (and probably last) glimpse of me on #RHOA tonight and I haven't said anything about it (though the hype was craaazzzzzyyy) lmao. Let me say, I enjoyed ALL the ladies & I had a great time filming multiple scenes with them! Unfortunately due to contractual complications + the magic of editing, you won't be seeing as much of me as expected. *whispers* (I don't work for free. Lol. ) But everything happens for a reason & it was still an awesome experience! I'm in my 20's and when this opportunity was BROUGHT to me, It was no guarantees & I was cool with that, but I wasn't going to exploit myself or act out of character for it... I honestly saw a chance to help change the perspective of MY community, but I wanted to maintain my dignity. Housewife and Transgender aren't words that are usually associated... Funny, because anyone who knows me knows that being a housewife is a dream of mine, not on reality tv, but in real life. 👰🏽
"I honestly saw a chance to help change the perspective of MY community, but I wanted to maintain my dignity," wrote Scott, adding that she did not want to exploit herself or act "out of character" for the sake of the show.
"But my point in this is to say, me filming with the #RealHousewivesOfAtlanta was not for attention, but to assist in breaking a stereotype," she concluded in her message. "Trans women are not sex objects or prostitutes."
But contrary to popular belief, I personally know transgender housewives, models, doctors, lawyers and many other successful unique individuals, along with so many others who are fighting to break the negative stigma associated with the trans community. Not to mention, a lot of our opportunities are limited due to discrimination and that's why most are forced into compromising occupations. But my point in this is to say, me filming with the #RealHousewivesOfAtlanta was not for attention, but to assist in breaking a stereotype. Trans women are not only sex objects or prostitutes. We are strong, educated & human just like everyone else. AND WE ARE HERE AND WE DEMAND RESPECT. And whatever I have to do to assist in that I will and won't regret it. Now let me call my bf and schedule a hair appointment. "
Housewife Kandi Burruss responded to the departure in a comment, which Scott posted:
For all the drama, Scott seems ready to move past the experience.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to both Bravo and Scott for comment.