“No Longer Apologizing That I’mNot Who YOu Expect Me To Be.”
issue No. 2
What you see…isn’t always ALL youget. If there’s one person who could be aspokesmodel for this remixed cliché, it’sKiya Roberts.CONSIDER THIS: a pretty younganimated woman with a physique similar tothat of a Barbie doll, walks into your o
ce.You’re thinking “Well, here we go…anotherditzy airhead with no sustainable talent, whothinks her looks are gonna make herfamous.” But you couldn’t be more WRONG!!Kiya recalls, “I’ll never forget thetime a college organization of mine playedthe truth sheet game. Someone wrote aboutme ‘you seem to be a little light-weightmental, but you’re good at what you do.’ Ithink I took o
ense to that comment at thetime. Then I got a little older and realizedthat, if on ﬁrst impression I come o
asditzy, who cares?! I make people laugh and they feel comfortable around me because of it! Iknow who I am and what lies beneath.” What Kiya is referring to, what she knows that mostpeople don’t about her, is that underneath that playfully feisty surface is a deeply authentic,independent, sensitive and intelligent young lady. There is layer after layer of emotional rangeand depth fueled by her own experiences. Commonly cast as the sought-after love interest, inreal life, Kiya is a compassionate self-proclaimed “hopeless romantic”, desperately wanting tobelieve in happily-ever-after, in love and life.Growing up in a good family environment in Richmond, VA, Kiya did everything the“right” way. She received excellent grades, played sports, joined clubs and set high standards forher younger brother and sister to uphold. What she couldn’t seem to get right though, was her‘place’ in the social scene. Taunted and teased by the boys she liked for being “too skinny” andlabeled “too smart” to be one of the cool girls, Kiya considered herself anything but “sought-after” in relationships of any kind. However, being the not-so-popular girl, caused Kiya todevelop something she would subsequently use throughout the rest of her life, a sense of humor. From cafeteria stand-up sessions to classroom clownery, Kiya found that she had a giftfor making people laugh. Says Kiya of her comedic ability, “Impressions were my thing. I woulddo anything from mimicking our math teacher to recreating whole scenes from everyone’sfavorite movies. It was great!! I had something that made me unique and it felt good. Even theboys paid more attention to me!” But her comedic skills weren’t the only thing the boys werebeginning to pay attention to. “I don’t know when my body started to develop into …this,” shesays laughing. “I just know that one day I looked down, and had boobs! At ﬁrst, I tried to hidemy body, but then I realized that this was ME, and I had to learn to love all of me. God gave methis physical makeup for some reason…and, well, (laughingly), if you’ve got it, baby, shake it!”So, stepping into a newfound feminine conﬁdence, thus began the trials of young love in this‘funny girl’s’ life. Kiya has admittedly experienced every kind of healthy and unhealthyrelationship you can think of, and says of them all “I wouldn’t change a thing. I honestly believeevery experience I’ve known with a man, from my father and brothers to my last boyfriend, hashelped to build the colorful arsenal of variety I use in my work.” And once you’ve seen her work,it all makes sense. From girl-next-door caught between two loves, to sensual seductress, tostuck up daddy’s girl, to real-life SNL character, Kiya, like Barbie, can change clothes and become just about any kind of love interest there is, and always with perfect poise!
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