Job: Co-owner, Poor Little Rich Girl Vintage & PLRG: The Co-op
Relationship Status: Has a boyfriend
When she's not styling the occasional celebrity client or running Poor Little Rich Girl, her downtown College Park vintage shop, Miya exists in a world of her own invention. It's partly reflected in her nom de guerre, Miyamoto, coined by friends to characterize her former obsession with Japanese culture. But it's also evident in the way she wears her hair, which is apt to change with each day of the week. Since returning home after a stint in New York where she attended Parsons School of Design, the native Atlantan and Spelman alum is still nursing a crush on the Big A. Makes sense; it's probably the only city capable of handling someone admirers describe as "a cosmic rockstar" with "multiple personality style disorder."
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
It's probably "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Mmhmm. I'm embarrassed.
Describe your relationship to exercise.
[Laughs] It's like an ex-boyfriend; it comes and goes.
What's the last thing that made you cry?
Gosh, I have to be honest don't I? Well, two days ago I was watching nerd television, "Downton Abbey," and my girl died, one of the sisters, and I just couldn't stop crying.
What's the best way for a customer to hit on you?
Mention a book. Mmhmm. That's sexy.
What's your least favorite thing about Atlanta?
In Atlanta it's too Black Hollywood, too L.A. That gets to me, especially when you're in the business that I'm in and you try so hard to sell individuality.
What do you wish someone would hurry up and invent?
A remote control for people's mouths, if that makes any sense. Like, you can press play, press stop, pause. Yeah, I'd want someone to invent a mouth remote.
Name one thing you've stolen.
I'm going to be honest. Before American Apparel got sensors, I stole a pair of disco pants.
Have you ever been dumped? If so, what was the reason?
I've been dumped twice and they kept coming back afterward. No lie. The last time was because this dude wanted a polyamorous relationship. I'm not into sharing and, most importantly, I couldn't believe that he wanted to share me. I just still can't believe it.
What's your own character flaw you'd most like to fix?
I kinda wish that I didn't have so much of an ego. It gets in the way of things. You end up resenting people just off the strength of them telling you you're not this or you're not that.
What do you like best about your job?
What I like best about my job is I don't have to report to anybody. That's secretly what it is.
What's your standard drink?
Jack and ginger. And coffee.
What band were you obsessed with when you were 14?
Probably En Vogue.
What's your least favorite household chore?
Definitely cleaning the bathroom. That's nasty.
What's the last good book you read?
It was Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker.
What's the lamest pickup line anyone's used on you?
"Hey girl, smile. Why don't you smile?" Like I'm supposed to be smiling walking down the street all the time. I hate that.
What movie would you most like to live in?
What's the first album you bought with your own money?
Probably Jodeci. Now I'm telling my age.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I mean there's nobody like me. I guess that sounds narcissistic. Oh, maybe Solange Knowles. She's dope.
What's the one thing you most hope to accomplish this year?
I would love to be able to move back to New York and split my time between New York and Atlanta — specifically Brooklyn. That is my goal. Yes, absolutely.
Is there a drawback to being attractive?
No. There is not, honestly.
Who's the most important person in your life?
Probably my mother. She's smart and she is why I am who I am.
What's your sexy-time soundtrack?
Probably Little Dragon, something like that. Yeah, I like her voice.
What's your pettiest relationship deal-breaker?
What would you order for your last meal?
Raw kale salad. Just raw food, I love raw food — specifically from Tassili's Raw Reality.
How much would you charge to murder a stranger?
I don't like murder. Ewww. I'm a lover not a fighter.
How do you handle rejection?
I have a big ego, so I don't handle it very well. I probably talk bad about him or stop talking to him, whoever it is. It's bad.
With whom would you like to play Truth or Dare?
Kanye West. He's so arrogant and ego-driven; I love it. I love the fact that he's so full of himself. I love the fact that people hate him because of his ego.
What did your parents want you to do with your life?
Become an engineer like all of them. Everybody's an engineer.
Have you ever stalked someone on Instagram?
Yes. Particularly a raw foodist who I think is beautiful. I secretly want to know how to cook her food.
How often do you talk to your mother?
Maybe once or twice a week to check in.
What's your preferred footwear?
Surprisingly, sneakers. The more comfortable the better. But in my profession, that's not sexy.
What's the most romantic place in Atlanta?
I don't know. My bedroom? Or I should say in my man's bedroom. Yeah.
What's your wackiest piece of personal trivia?
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always had an imaginary family or friends still to this day that I dress in my head. It's just a creative outlet. And sometimes it comes out when we style people and do video shoots and stuff like that.
What's your weirdest recurring dream?
I don't really have a recurring dream. I dream but it's never the same.
What personal attribute are you a sucker for?
I'm a sucker for someone who loves to travel. My boyfriend now, that's what got me. He said he's been all over the world when we had that first conversation, and I was like, "Yes, I love you already."
Where would you go on a bucket list vacation?
The islands off the coast of Portugal: the Azores.
Not counting rent or bills, where does most of your disposable income go?
Probably plane tickets, that's probably where most of it goes.
What's your life's ambition/grandest dream?
It's to have many, many, many stores across the world. But in the grand scheme of things, just to be happy doing what I love.
If you had to spend $1 million in one afternoon, what would you do?
I would go pay some bills. After I finished paying my bills, probably fly over to Bora Bora for the week.
Have you ever stolen a friend's boyfriend?
That's not exactly what I did. And it wasn't her boyfriend. It was just somebody she was attracted to, but he was attracted to me. And then I held some attraction as well. So he and I kicked it on the most basic level.
Why do you think someone nominated you for the Lust List?
I've been told that I was intriguing because I can change my look. Just the mystery, the intrigue, and the fact that I'm a chameleon. I can have big hair one day, an afro the next, straight hair the next day, and no one can tell if that was me or not last week.