Eye Candy
With standout appearances on multiple television shows, the future looks bright for Amber Diamond.
Words: Sean A. Malcolm
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

“I think I’m hilarious,” boasts Amber Diamond, one of this season’s co-stars on Nick Cannon’s Wild ’N Out. “I actually asked Nick, ‘Could I be a comedian?’ He laughed.” Shade or not, Nick was bright enough to tap Amber and her savory 34DDD-27-37 chocolatey goodness for the show. Based off her standout appearances, the 22-year-old Birmingham, Ala. native (whose many credits include BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and Young Dolph’s video for “Royalty”) then scored a hosting gig for MTV’s drunken trivia show, Binge Thinking, which wrapped its first season earlier this year and finished shooting the second. “The future is looking pretty great,” the budding actress gushes. “There may be another TV show coming soon. All-in-all, there’s a lot to expect from Amber Diamond, so stay tuned.”

Trust us, we are.

XXL: Since you’re dabbling in acting, what’s your dream role?

Amber Diamond: To be a superhero. I am a big fan of the Marvel movies. There aren’t that many Black superheroes, so that’s where I’d come in.

Well, consider this your chance to pitch to the good folks at Marvel.

The name would be “Diamond!” She’s a bad girl! Eventually the X-Men or Avengers will recruit her. She’s a diamond thief. One day, she steals from the wrong guy and he tortures her, injecting her with a drug made from diamonds to kill her. Instead, they created a mutation that makes her invisible and changed her whole body into diamonds and crystals. She can grow back her limbs, if broken. The only thing that can hurt her is if she’s completely shattered and someone separates the brain from the head. She is very strong and powerful.

How detailed. Speaking of powerful, how important is it, as a dark-skinned model/actress, to showcase your complexion in an industry that doesn’t showcase it enough?

It’s very important. When I was younger, I went to a majority White school, so I wasn’t very proud of my skin color. People would always compare me to light-skinned girls. As I got older, I started to love myself more. Now, I love to show people that it’s beautiful to be dark and to embrace it.

Like Young Dolph did in his “Royalty” video.

He requested to have nothing but Black queens in his video. He based it off Coming
to America. It was important to capture that because so many people complain about dark skin, Black women not being represented in videos. So Dolph represented when he showcased different shades of brown. And honestly, it was beautiful.

Check out more from XXL’s Fall 2016 issue including our Gucci Mane cover story interview, Young Thug's cover story interview, Young M.A in Show & Prove, the trials and tribulations of Rich Homie Quan, Train of Thought with Beanie Sigel, vintage-inspired rap tees and must-have embroidered jackets.

Jeremy Danger