Amiyah Scott was close to becoming the newest LGBT side piece on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but the transgender model said the show wanted to exploit her and turn her into a mean girl.
So after a month of shooting for Season 8 of the show, she quit – and kept her dignity intact. Which is tough to do for RHOA characters.
TMZ sniffed out the drama:
Amiyah was on the show for a trial — the first transgender woman ever on the 'Housewives' franchise. We're told producers were prodding Amiyah to sexualize herself … wearing lingerie and acting like a vixen.
We're told she bristled at the notes because she wanted to become a role model for other transgendered people. And we're told she was doubly insulted because they tried making her the bitch of the cast, trashing the other housewives.
Scott wasn't awarded a peach – RHOA speak for becoming a main character – but instead producers pegged her in the recurring role of a friend on the show. That's the same place RHOA producers pigeonhole all their LGBT characters but the role would still have made Scott the first trans personality on the Bravo show. On Monday, she posted to Instagram about the experience after appearing briefly on Sunday's episode, though we couldn't spot her on the show.
Scott kept it classy, writing that she enjoyed working with the RHOA cast.
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.
Scott wanted to use her role on the show to break down stereotypes about trans people and become a role model. But it's reality television and RHOA producers didn't share her high hopes.
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. 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.
But don't worry about Scott. She's been snagged by Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels for a role on his “Empire” spin-off about a racially diverse girl band. Production on “Star” is supposed to begin any day now in Atlanta.
UPDATE | Or maybe she was too boring.