Speaking to the magazine, Davis explained that her family was so poor that she only had a single photo of herself as a child. While photos may not exist, Davis doesn't need them: She very much remembers how she used to live. She told People: “I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me...[We had] shoddy plumbing and no phone and no food and rats and all of that. That very much was visible to me.”
Davis explained to People that living this way gave her the motivation to succeed and pull herself out of poverty. “I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”
It's wonderful to know that now that Davis has more than she needs, she's determined to share her story — and give back to those still struggling to survive.