Twitter sensation Zola the stripper, whose real name is Aziah Wells but goes by Aziah King online, is finally speaking out about the Zola story. The over-the-top tale of two strippers turned prostitutes who ran off to Florida together for a weekend of dancing, trapping, prostitution and murder appeared on the Internet on Oct. 28. Many users believed the story, or at least some of it's details, were sensationalized. It's main character, however, is finally speaking out, separating fact from fiction once and for all.
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Aziah, 20, sat down with Rolling Stone where she admitted to embellishing some parts of the story. She said she did it because she had posted the story twice before exactly as it had occurred and no one was interested. Although parts of the Zola story, namely Jarrett's twisted attempt at suicide, were untrue, Aziah said she has no regrets about sharing it. In fact, she believes it could serve as a lesson for other young women in her situation. She told the publication by tweaking minor bits and pieces she was able to get regular people to listen to the story of a prostitute. Aziah added that "it could happen to anyone" and that if even one life is changed by the events that unfolded on that fateful night then she's done her job.
"It's common and it happens," she said. "It could happen to anyone... For whatever reason people feel like it doesn't happen, not in their world at least. But it does."
Jessica, or the "white b---h at Hooters" in the story, also spoke with Rolling Stone about the story. During the interview she told the publication she still strongly believes several facets of the story were fake and is no longer a friend of Aziah's after being exposed. Jessica admitted to pressuring other girls to "be put into that situation," but claims she only did it because she was "brainwashed." Though they are no longer friends, she and Aziah agreed on one thing: the overall message of the story. Jessica told Rolling Stone she, too, hoped to be able to make at least one girl reconsider her life choices after reading the Zola story.
The interview marks the first time fans had heard from Jessica, though a fake account claiming to be her did crop up on Twitter a few days after the Zola story went viral. The fake account shared a completely fabricated account of what happened on the night the Zola story took place from another viewpoint, but Twitter users weren't buying it.
Just days after the Zola story surfaced it was reported that Aziah had been in talks with several major television networks about possibly turning the story, as well as others from her days as a stripper, into a series. She told TMZ she had been approached by MTV, Vice and WME, as well as several independent filmmakers. At the time Aziah was open to the idea and had even chosen two stars to potentially take on her role: Meagan Good or KeKe Palmer.