Samyra Is Changing The Game and Doing It Her Way

The ultra-talented singer and content creator became a social media sensation with her viral hits “Supermodel” and “Plus-Size Freestyle.”

Samyra is a multitalented content creator and singer who has captivated audiences by spreading her message of feminine power and size-inclusivity. A native of New Orleans, she boasts more than 2 million followers on social media, and her videos have garnered more than 43 million likes on TikTok.

She has become a major star on social media, and with her hits “Supermodel” and “Plus-Size Freestyle,” Samyra is an emerging artist in the R&B/pop/rap landscape who is more than ready to make an indelible imprint in the music world.

Not only does she seek to entertain her audience, but she is also unwaveringly committed to empowering and educating her fans on the importance of size inclusivity.

In an interview with, Samyra spoke about how her hometown of New Orleans taught her at an earlier age to embrace her Blackness without apologies.

“I always say that New Orleans raised me to feel like I can do and be whoever I want to be because the city has a free spirit about it. That allowed people to exist without shame,” she explained.”Even if you walk down the French Quarter, you’ll see people tap dancing and drumming on buckets. People are always doing things to express themselves and their joy. I think that is the most beautiful thing about my city.”

“I felt very blessed to have grown up in the town where my Blackness was celebrated so openly and that instilled in me a belief  I can do whatever I wanted,” she continued.

Known as one of the world’s greatest music cities, the rhythms of New Orleans inspired Samya’s love of music, which led her to become a classically trained singer and be accepted into Harvard University.

“I started taking classical lessons in elementary school and competed in competitive opera throughout high school. I also did theater and high school choir, but when I got to college, I didn't continue with my classical training,” she recalled. But I was in an a capella group at Harvard called the Harvard LowKeys, and I was the music director.”

Interestingly, Samyra's journey led her to matriculate into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Still, her initial plan was not to apply to the Ivy League school.

“Someone asked me how I had gotten into Harvard, and I said, ‘Because I applied,'” she laughed. “I had a friend accepted a year before and he was like,’ You should apply.’ I said, “Why would I get into Harvard?’ He told me, 'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.’ So I applied and got in. I think that taught me that I was good enough and more than qualified,” she said.

“What’s crazy is that I wanted to go to Stanford. I didn't even get into Stanford. When the Stanford acceptances came out, I was on my way to Havard. Good riddance, Stanford [Laughs]," she continued.

After graduating from Harvard, Samyra settled into a nice corporate job. But it wasn’t long before she would make a move that would ultimately change her life forever.

“I started working at my first job for and around that time, I started posting on TikTok and by October, I already had around 100,000 followers,” she recalled. “Seven months later, I was able to quit the job because I had a million followers and I made more in one month than I made in the seven months.”

Not only did she become a viral sensation, which allowed her to leave her job, but she received an invitation to appear on “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” who was a big fan of her work.

“I signed with management and got in the studio for the first time, developing my sound and craft as an artist. I was doing 13-hour sessions and having the best time of my life. I officially moved out to LA in October of 2022. Then I started gearing up to put out my song “Supermodel,” that I did. Then, some producers from “The Jennifer Hudson Show” reached out to me around November, saying they were big fans of mine and would love to have me on the show.

On her most recent song, “Plus-Size Freestyle,” Samyra has tallied more than 75 million total video views and counting. The song's message of size-inclusivity has earned her major co-signs from the likes of Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Big Freedia. She spoke about the song's creation and impact.

“I was in a hotel because my apartment had termites [Laughs}. So I checked into a hotel in LA, and I was there for about three days while they finished getting my place together. I saw something online that somebody just dropped a new collection, and it didn't have plus sizes available That aggravated me,” she said.”I put up my phone and started rapping, “Brands be wondering why plus sizes don't sell/But if you want plus sizes to sell/ why do you keep making them ugly as hell?”

“I posted the clip and it blew up. People wanted a whole song but I didn’t have one. I called my engineer and told him to meet me in the studio that night. We wrote a whole song and the rest is history,” she continued.

With a forthcoming project in the works, Samyra’s star will continue to shine as she strives to make a difference in the world with her art as a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

“I am working on new music and I hope that people will continue to resonate with it,”  she said. “With this project, I want people to see my unique individual artistry. I just want to continue being me and for people to accept that.”

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