Official Press Release
This past week brought the tragic death of Mia Amber Davis, Creative Editor-at-Large for PLUS Model Magazine(PLUSmodelmag.com); this icon of the plus size industry was colleague to many and inspiration to all. PLUS Model and sister-magazine Daily Venus Diva (DailyVenusDiva.com) are stepping up to help out during this most difficult of times by supporting the Mia Amber Memorial Fund (miaamberfund.com). Created by her family, the Mia Amber Fund’s first role is to help shoulder the burden of upcoming funeral expenses for Ms. Davis.
Madeline Jones, long-time friend and Editor-in-Chief of PLUS Model Magazine shares, “I’m personally heart-broken at the loss of my friend and colleague, Mia Amber Davis. Mia was a big part of the success of PMM, and my personal growth as the Editor-in-Chief. Her encouragement and support was immeasurable and I will miss her dearly.” She continues, “The Mia Amber Fund is one small way in which we can all honor Mia’s memory as we help her family through this most difficult of times.”
Stephanie Penn-Danforth, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Venus Diva Magazine comments, “As we mourn the passing of our friend, inspiration and plus community trailblazer, it is important that we maintain her level of optimism. Our loss is great but her contribution to this movement is even greater. We are reaching out to ask those of you who were inspired by this amazing woman to please give what you can to the Mia Amber Fund.”
To honor and pay tribute to the life that Mia Amber Davis led, the June 2011 issue of PLUS Model Magazine will be dedicated to her groundbreaking career, and Daily Venus Diva Magazine will feature an unpublished, exclusive interview.
To make donations to the Mia Amber Fund, please go to www.miaamberfund.com. For updates on Mia’s passing and funeral service, as well as her most recent accomplishments, bio, photos, videos and to sign her guest book, please go to her official website www.miaamberdavis.com.
More on Mia Amber Davis
According to Mia Amber’s Publicist, “Mia Amber passed away on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, CA. After experiencing issues with her knee, Mia underwent surgery Monday in LA to remove small tumors from her left knee. Hours immediately after her surgery, Mia felt sore, but was hopeful about her recovery. However the next day she experienced a stint of dizziness and was rushed to the emergency room. Upon reaching the emergency room, the unimaginable happened when Mia lost consciousness and the doctors were not able to revive her. Mia died at age 36, survived by her husband Michael Yard, mother Ida Davis and a host of family and friends.”
Penn-Danforth shares, “Many of us remember seeing Mia Amber as Rhonda, the curvy statuesque beauty in the cult comedy Road Trip. Seeing her proudly display her curves in a feature film was the confidence booster that many plus size women needed; She made it okay to be proud of every curve but most of all she made it okay to be unapologetic for being a plus size girl and/or woman.”
Jones comments, “There is a hole in the heart of the plus size industry after the tragic death of our beloved Mia Amber Davis. Mia’s smile, wit, passion and beautiful spirit touched everyone she came in contact with. We are blessed to have known her, and continue to pray for the family, Mia’s mom and husband.”