Kia Drayton is Playboy’s Miss December 2006. “I’m African-American, Polynesian, and Native American,” she told Playboy. “My grandma was a full-blooded Cherokee.”
Kia was born on an American Air Force base in North Carolina. Her father was a military man, and whenever he was reassigned the family had to move. “I didn’t have a lot of friends,” she says. “I was always the new girl.” Growing up Kia considered herself a tomboy. Friends and family urged her to try modeling, but she had no interest.
Things changed for Kia in her early 20s. She was living in Atlanta, where a stint at Hooters earned her a spread in the restaurant’s 2004 calendar as well as three Atlanta Dymes calendars and a role in a 50 Cent video. “Then I got a call from Playboy,” she said. “They wanted me to come in for a test shoot. Of course I said yes.”
Kia made friends with one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends, Kendra Wilkinson, who put in a good word for her with the boss. “I was supposed to stay for three days,” she says, “but I ended up staying at the Mansion for three months, and the Bunny House for another five.”
Kia is a successful model and sports journalist in Los Angeles, and a successful DJ, too. She loves hip-hop, R&B, and Motown and has more than 20,000 records on vinyl. She told Playboy she’s turned on by “Intellectuals, dimples, tattoos, a great sense of humor, and the smell of D&G and Sean John Unforgivable colognes.” Her turnoffs include negativity, jealousy, laziness, shallowness, poor manners, lying, and bad breath.