‘Basketball Wives LA’ star Draya Michele turns up the heat in this photo from her feature story in Rolling Out’s latest digital issue.
Here’s what the burgeoning business woman had to share with the magazine:
On being misunderstood by other women: “I just think that some women don’t like me because they don’t understand me. They don’t know the history, they don’t know where I come from so there’s a little bit of a misunderstanding. They think that I’m dressing for attention when in reality I’m just a free spirit.”
On surviving the ‘Basketball Wives’ experience: “It’s been a blessing and I’m very pleased with how everything has turned out. I didn’t know that it was going to turn in my favor, so I’m very thankful and very blessed. I just didn’t know with ’Basketball Wives’ if I was going to make it out alive. I didn’t know if I was going to come out of this with a clean face or a clean image. I didn’t know what was going to happen, so it was a gamble. And . . . I won.”
Girl About Town: Draya Michele
On producing her clothing line, Fine Ass Girls: “I definitely underestimated myself. I didn’t think that my clothing lines were going to be such a success. If I had of known, I might have gone overseas and mass produced or something. But right now, it’s just me and my girls and we are small and we work for ourselves. It sells out quick[ly] because we are not able to produce millions of things at one time. But we do what we can and we get it done.”
On transitioning from a small town to the big city: “I come from a small city in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia called Redding. I don’t know the population, but it’s nowhere near the size of L.A. It’s nowhere near the size of Philly. It’s very small. Everyone I went to elementary school with I went to high school with. So for me to be able to break out of there and into this Hollywood life, I take [things] a little bit differently because I’m not raised in this. I came to Hollywood and I was a little wild. I met new people. But I’m changing and I’m letting people know that I get my a– up every day and work. I work during the daytime and I come alive at night. People don’t understand it. People don’t understand the party aspect of it. And I get paid to party, so why wouldn’t I? Who doesn’t want to party and make money partying? It’s like a win-win situation.”
For more pictures from Draya’s cover shoot, visit Rolling Out!