Blac Chyna is one name you have probably heard of while watching celebrity news or reading entertainment blogs. The former exotic dancer not only parades an impressive array of exes but is also quite a businesswoman. So how did this former exotic dancer turned model and entrepreneur come to become such a popular figure? Let’s find out together.
Black Chyna’s Real Name and Ethnicity
Blac Chyna was born Angela Renée White on the 11th of May, 1988 in Washington DC. Her mother’s name is Shalana Jones-Hunter but she goes by the moniker Tokyo Toni while her father’s name is Eric Holland. Blac Chyna is African American, but there is also some blend of Latina thrown into the mix as her mother is originally from the Dominican Republic. Her nationality is nevertheless American.
She grew up in the Maryland area and attended Henry E. Lackey High School in Maryland. After that, she proceeded to the Johnson & Wales University for her college education. It was while attending the University in Miami that she first began working as a stripper. Blac Chyna may have started out as an exotic dancer but she now has many feathers in her cap; she is a model, video vixen, makeup artist, reality TV star, and entrepreneur. She also has her own makeup brand as well as a beauty salon in Los Angeles.
How She Became Famous
Blac started stripping while she was in college to help her pay her tuition fees but after a while, she dropped out of college altogether to focus on her dancing and modeling career. She danced under various names including Dora Renee and Cream before finally settling for Blac Chyna, a name she borrowed from one of her clients. Chyna eventually ended up at a popular gentlemen’s club in Miami known as King of Diamonds which is a favorite spot for hip-hop artists in Miami.
The year 2010 was the break out year for Chyna. In June of that year, She received a shoutout from Drake in one of his songs titled “Miss Me.” This generated much buzz about her and from then on, there was no looking back. She landed her first modeling gig in September 2010 and appeared on the cover of several magazines including Dimepiece magazine, Straight Stuntin’ Magazine, and Black Men’s magazine. Blac Chyna also landed her first gig as a video vixen in the video for Kanye West’s song “Monster.”
Her next major performance came in January 2012 when she featured in the music video for Tyga’s song “Rack City.” The duo went further and started dating at that time for which reason Chyna discontinued her work as an exotic dancer. This relationship contributed to Chyna’s popularity greatly due to the link between Tyga and the Kardashian family.
In May 2013, Chyna enrolled in JLS Professional Makeup Artist School and qualified as a makeup artist. In that same year, she launched her online boutique 88fin. She also launched her own brand of artificial eyelashes called LASHED by Blac Chyna. In February 2014, Chyna purchased a beauty bar in Los Angeles and later that same year officially opened it as Lashed bar. Just recently in 2018, Blac Chyna launched a plus size clothing line in conjunction with her best friend Amber Rose which they called Simply Be.
Love Life and Notable Relationships
Blac Chyna has been in two highly notable relationships which are both intermingled with the popular Kardashian name and it has contributed in no small measure in propelling her to fame.
She Dated Tyga and Had A Son With Him
The first was with rapper Tyga. The pair reportedly met in November 2011 during the after-party for Chris Brown’s fame tour. Chyna turned down advances from Tyga but they eventually started dating in January 2012 after the Rack City video. On the 16th of October 2012, the pair welcomed a son together, King Cairo Stevenson. They, however, broke up in October 2014 amidst rumors that Tyga was cheating on Chyna with Kylie Jenner.
She Also Had A Daughter With Rob Kardashian
In January 2016, Chyna started dating Rob Kardashian. They got engaged 3 months later and welcomed a daughter Dream Renee Kardashian on November 10, 2016. The pair even had their own reality TV series but they, however, split up in December. They briefly reconciled before splitting up for good in February 2017.
Most recently, Chyna dated 18-year old rapper YBN almighty Jay but they have broken up.
Presently, Chyna has 2 children. king Cairo Stevenson from her relationship with Tyga and Dream Renee Kardashian from her relationship with Rob.
Who is Her Mother Tokyo Toni?
Blac Chyna’s mother is popularly known by the name Tokyo Toni. She was an exotic dancer just like her daughter. The two have had a turbulent relationship over the years. At times, they would support each other, at other times, they would hardly be on speaking terms.
In an interview Chyna granted Elle magazine, she revealed that her mom supported her decision to dance full time, telling her to be the best at whatever she does. Also, while her daughter dated Rob Kardashian, Tokyo Toni staunchly defended her against any attack from the Kardashian clan.
However, in recent times, both have been feuding. In July 2018, Tokyo went on a tirade in an Instagram post calling her daughter a “statutory rape baby” as well as a “mistake”. According to her, her daughter had denied her access to her grandchildren for up to 2 years. She publicly begged Chyna’s best friend, Amber Rose, to help her see her grandchildren.
Chyna’s Many Legal Battles
Since the end of her relationship with Rob, Chyna has been in some ongoing legal battles with the Kardashian clan. She attempted to trademark the name Angela Renee Kardashian in order to solidify her tie with the Kardashian name but the Kardashians opposed it. The case is reportedly still ongoing.
She also sued the Kardashians after her reality TV show “Rob and Chyna” was canceled. Their defense was that since she had earlier taken out a restraining order against Rob, it was practically impossible to film the show.