Plus-size model Mia Amber Davis, known for her work with Ashley Stewart as the face of Jill Scott's Butterfly Bra, a cameo in the movie Road Trip and her role as creative editor-at-large for Plus Model Magazine, died yesterday at 36.
No cause of death has been given, the Huffington Post reports. But Davis reportedly underwent knee surgery the day before she died.
Plus Model Editor Madeline Jones wrote in a blog post on Wednesday:
Mia was a super model and industry leader because it was her love for the women she represented that kept pushing her when the industry itself did not embrace her.
Anyone else would have given up, but Mia remained steadfast in her career, knowing that she was not just doing it for her own benefit, but for women of all ages. Never one to put anyone down, Mia was about lifting up people and connecting them with others to help them on their journey and never asking for anything in return.
She told the Huffington Post, "Davis was a wonderful wife, caring daughter and loyal friend who will be missed dearly. The Plus Model Magazine family is deeply saddened by the loss of our sister and want to thank our readers for their support and prayers. Our June issue will feature Mia on the cover as a very special tribute to our angel."
Davis was more than just a successful career woman and pretty face. She’ll also be remembered as a refreshingly confident and outspoken advocate. She told CNN in a 2009 to discussion about obesity in America, "Sizeism is the last acceptable prejudice … We're targets, but yet we're invisible everywhere else. The media doesn't showcase overweight people, overweight women are not seen in Hollywood. It's like, why are we being targets but we're invisible everywhere else?"
She added, "If you are gay, you can 'play' straight. If you are a certain religion, you can 'play' another religion. You can't hide the fact that you're overweight, and nor do we want to."
Read more at the Huffington Post.
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