Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes left some big shoes to fill when she announced her departure from the show in June, but the latest casting rumors bode well for the show's future entertainment value. If TMZ is to be believed, Bravo will add its first transgender real housewife to its Housewives empire with the addition of Amiyah Scott.

Scott is a 27-year-old New Orleans native who, according to an interview with a blog called thefabfemme, counts Amber Rose among her longtime friends. She has previously been romantically linked to fashion designer Micah Dixon and several rappers. "I've had a few encounters with high profile men and that’s all that I'm going to say," she also told the site in 2011. "I won’t ever name them." Amiyah began her gender transition at age 17.

As her Instagram bio states, Amiyah is a model and a "makeup guru." She is also "the unicorn with an invisible horn, weavologist, mermaid, transformer, and beauty consultant." Let's go back to the "mermaid" part of that description for one second, because a cursory review of her photos reveals a definite fascination with them. She's very into them, Ariel of The Little Mermaid fame, especially. Have you ever delved into the world of mermaid cosplay? If not, here's a jumping-off point to get you started — don't forget to send letters from the bottom of the internet rabbit hole you're about to tumble down.

Scott is one of two reported new Atlanta cast members — the second new face is Kim Fields, aka Tootie on Facts of Life, otherwise known as Regine to you '90s kinda world Living Single fans out there. There is no announced premiere date as of yet.

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