Who is Somaya Reece?
Somaya Reece is an actress, television star, and a hip hop artist, best known for her appearances in “Love and Hip Hop New York” and “Famously Single.”
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Somaya Reece Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background
Somaya was born under the Gemini Zodiac sign on 17 June 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA, to El Salvador immigrant parents, making her 33 years old in 2019. She is now an American by nationality, but of Salvadorian ethnicity.
Between the ages of 11 and 18, Somaya’s life was a crisis – she dropped out of school and joined gangs, which got her stabbed and shot. Somaya even ran away from home as her mother was verbally abusive, and her dad was an alcoholic. At this point, Somaya met her boyfriend and fell pregnant; she tried to return home, but her mother threw her out. Once she gave birth, Somaya decided to move in with her boyfriend’s mom, who turned out to be mean to her. Not long afterwards, Somaya’s son was murdered.
Although Somaya had dropped out of school at the age of 11, she was later accepted into the University of California, Los Angeles, where she took theater classes.
Somaya Reece Professional Career and Rise to Stardom
After her college education, Somaya struggled to get acting roles, and actually started working with her mother as a maid in a hotel. This is where William Morris’s agents discovered her. It changed her life entirely, as Somaya soon landed roles in more than 45 commercials. In between doing commercials, Somaya also modeled for various iconic fashion brands.
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She made her acting debut in 1998 when she appeared in an uncredited role in a television series. After that, she starred in movies including “The American Psycho” in 2002, “The Scorpion King”, “The Girl from the Naked Eye,” “Slammed,” and “Ride or Die,” among many others. “The Scorpion King” was one of the most successful movies she ever appeared in, making $165.3 million at the box office globally.
Apart from movies, Reece has also appeared in various television series and reality shows, including “Girlfriends,” “Love and Hip Hop,” “Famously Single,” and even “First Family of Hip Hop.”
Somaya is also an affluent rapper, who has released many – fans can view them on YouTube and other music websites. Somaya’s music has topped charts across Latin America. She’s toured the area as an independent artist.
Somaya now owns multiple businesses, including a fitness brand, a clothing line and clothing store, and various weight loss products. She also runs a blog on which she gives fitness advice as well as marketing her “This Fits Me” products on Instagram. Her fitness brand sells natural weight loss products, including the popular Get Slim Detox Tea.
Somaya also partnered with Lady Luck, her girlfriend, to start a joint television production and a record label venture, known as The Greatest Entertainment and La Rosa Ent. Through all these ventures, Somaya has emerged as a hugely successful entrepreneur, artist, and actress.
Somaya Reece Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, and Children
Somaya is openly bisexual, and the reason why she choses to date more women than men is that her ex-boyfriend was abusive. She confessed that this made her hate men, and she thinks of them as disgusting. However, this isn’t the only reason she is attracted to women.
Somaya started developing feelings for girls from a young age. She has been involved in several affairs, her first being with Kellan Lutz, a “Twilight” actor. The two dated for five months before breaking up in 2009. She later became involved with the rapper Joe Budden, but their relationship also didn’t work out. Somaya’s third affair was with rapper XO – the two broke up in 2011 without revealing the cause. In 2016 she dated Jessica White, but this relationship didn’t stand the test of time either.
Back in 2013, Shanell Jones – “Lady Luck” – had a crush on Reece, apparently proposing to Somaya, but nothing materialized. However, during the “First Family of Hip Hop” season finale, Lady Luck proposed to Reece, and on 20 March 2017, the couple got engaged. They planned on holding a lavish wedding ceremony to start living together as a married couple. Lady Luck was quoted saying: ’We’re just enjoying each other. We haven’t set any dates. We’re still doing invitations and studying to see different ceremonies.’
However, their relationship never ended in a union, as in November the same year they broke off their engagement, without divulging any details. Currently, Somaya seems to be single, and on 8 February 2019, she took to her Instagram account to state that dating a person is never a need for her.
Somaya Reece Weight Loss
After working as an actress for a couple of years, Somaya decided that it was time to make a change by shedding some weight. Slowly, she brought her fashion a notch down, adjusted her eating habits, and made announcements that she was having breast reduction surgery.
— Somaya Reece (@Somaya_Reece) October 29, 2019
Somaya revealed the results on her Instagram page and they were better than anyone could have imagined. She later confessed that it was the best decision she ever made. When she was starting as a model, Somaya says that she was forced to starve herself to remain thin. When she collapsed on one of the sets, Somaya decided to stop listening to her advisors, and started eating regularly. She added weight and became a thick girl, as she would eat whatever she could grab, which was usually not healthy.
When she realized that she wasn’t going to lose weight, Somaya decided to watch her calories, so started eating ‘clean’, and watching her portions. She also began to work out 3-5 days a week, and it paid off.
Somaya Reece Net Worth
Somaya has accumulated her wealth from acting, modeling for big brands including Pepsi and Ralph Lauren – actually for more than 45 commercials – and her music career. Somaya Reece’s net worth is over $4 million as of late-2019, a considerable achievement given her early trials and tribulations.