Draya Michele Biography
Draya Michele is an American fashion designer, actress, and media personality. She gained popularity when she joined VH1’s ‘Basketball Wives’. She is the founder and owner of Mint Swim and Beige $ Coco clothing line.
Draya Michele Career
She initially came into the public eye as the girlfriend of American singer Chris Brown. In 2011, she joined the cast of the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives LA” as part of the freshman lineup. During the same year, she made her scripted acting debut in TV One’s “Will to Love,” where she was paired with Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Marques Houston.
Draya continued her involvement with “Basketball Wives LA” until its conclusion in the fourth season in 2015. In 2016, she played a supporting role in the film “The Perfect Match.”
Beyond her television and film appearances, Draya is a notable figure in the fashion industry. She is the founder of two fashion lines: “Mint Swim,” a swimwear line launched in 2011, and “Fine Ass Girls,” a stylish lifestyle clothing line launched in 2013. In November 2016, she expanded her fashion ventures with the launch of another clothing line called “Beige & Coco.”
In addition to her work in fashion and entertainment, Draya has made appearances in music videos for renowned artists such as Kanye West, Usher, Nicki Minaj, The Game, and Jay-Z.
Draya Michele Age
Draya is 38 years old as of 2023, she was born on January 23rd,1985 in Reading, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on January 23rd every year.
Draya Michele Parents
Draya’s mother Valeria Diaz is of Italian descent while her father is of African American ethnicity. In 2014 Draya took her mother to a plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami for a specialized face lift as a gift for her weight loss.
Draya Michele Ethnicity/ Draya Michele Nationality
Michele is an American national and belongs to a black and white mixed ethnicity as her mother is of Italian descent and her father is of African American heritage.
Draya Michele Husband
Michele is currently not married. She was previously engaged to former NFL cornerback Orlando Scandrick, but they broke up in 2019. They have one son together, Jru.
Draya and Orlando Scandrick, an American football cornerback, became engaged in June 2015. Draya shared a memorable engagement story with People magazine, describing how Orlando surprised her on their first date spot, appearing quite nervous and even tripping over some chairs. Despite her initial laughter due to nervousness, he knelt and proposed, leading to a mix of laughter and tears.
Before their engagement, the couple took a break from their relationship, which initially began in 2013. Draya clarified that it wasn’t a breakup but a temporary separation, explaining, “We were getting ready to take the next step and I believe that with new levels comes new challenges. We needed some time apart to realize how much we missed each other. I was never permitted to move on or anything like that. While he was in Dallas, we stayed in contact and talked almost every day.”
In January 2017, Draya announced that she was expecting her second child and also revealed that she and Orlando had split. However, a year later, they were seen celebrating their son’s birthday together, sparking speculation that they had reconciled. Based on Draya’s Instagram posts, it appears that their relationship is going strong.
Draya Michele Children | Draya Michele Son
Draya gave birth to her firstborn son Kniko Howard when she was 17 years old. On 8th April 2016, she gave birth to her second son Jru Scandrick with her fiance Orlando Scandrick.
People began speculating who the father of her firstborn son was until she felt the need to address it on her social media platform where he made it clear who the father of her son was.
Draya Michele and Chris Brown
Draya began dating Chris Brown after he beat up and broke up with Rihanna. Michele and Chris dated for nine months before they broke up with Draya saying that he knew a different Chris as he never showed any signs of violence. She also stated that Chris never mentioned the Rihanna incident to her despite it being plastered all over the media at the time.
Draya Michele Boyfriend
In 2010, she dated a rapper, Wiz Khalifa, and Bernard Berrian before dating Chris. Michele was in a relationship with Chris Brown after his breakup with Rihanna. Her relationship with Chris was the most talked about one. The relationship was a nine-month affair before Chris started dating Karrueche Tran.
Draya Michele Mint Swim/ Draya Michele Mint Swimwear
Draya introduced her swimwear line ‘Mint Swim’ in 2011, with a strong emphasis on inclusivity for various body shapes and sizes. In 2015, she expanded the Mint line to include plus-size and children’s swimwear, achieving over $1 million in sales during that year.
Reflecting on her venture in an interview with the Undefeated, Draya shared, “Starting any clothing line is challenging because your mind is filled with a multitude of ideas. You want to create something you love, but there’s always that fear that others won’t feel the same way.” Besides Mint Swim, Draya also launched two additional clothing lines: ‘Fine Ass Girls’ and ‘Beige & Coco.’ She explained, “Fine Ass Girls is geared towards streetwear, while Beige & Coco exudes a more sophisticated style, aligning with my personal growth.”
Draya Michele Clothing line
Draya launched her capsule collection, Beige $ Coco for the modern woman. The line caters to a range of women who are comfortable in their bodies and sensuality. The staple pieces range from t-shirts, shorts, jackets, trousers, and dresses with a modern sexy edge.
Draya Michele Movies
- All In (2018)
- We Belong Together (2018)
- Til Death Do Us Part (2017)
- True to the Game (2017)
- Bring Out the Lady (2016)
- The Perfect Match (2016)
- Will to Love (2015)
- 2014 ESPY Awards: Drake vs Blake (2014)
- Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013)
- Basketball Wives LA as (2011)
Draya Michele Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $600 thousand
Draya Michele Social Media
Michele has 9.2 Million followers on her Instagram, 612.6k followers on her Twitter account, and 464.9k Followers on Facebook.
Draya Michele Tattoo
Michele has at least 4 known tattoos:
- Bow, zipper on her side
- Writing on her forearm
- Writing on her side
- Name on her upper back