Alia starts with 8 points in Gardening, 5 in Writing and three in Logic. She does not know anyone outside of her home aside from her boss at the start of the game. She is also a 1-star celebrity if The Sims 3: Late Night is installed.
Alia is likely based on Iman, a fashion model and the wife of musician David Bowie. Alia strongly resembles Iman, and Alia's last name, Ziggfield, is probably a reference to Ziggy Stardust, a well-known persona developed by Bowie.