We are excited to have Luxe Beautie OG Priscilla Katerena on our March Boss cover! Kicking-off our comeback and new beginning here at Luxe! Check-out her exclusive interview with us.
One of our OG Luxe Beauties! We are so excited to have you as our March Cover Model! What have you been up to?
Thank you for having me back Luxe Kurves Magazine Family. I believe this in my third solo cover and I have to say it’s an honor to grace the cover again. I have just been living my life and striving to become the best version of myself on the journey to self actualization.
The past few years have been draining on us all, especially our mental health. How have you been able to maintain a healthy mind set? What challenges have you faced?
I can’t say that I have done my best to ensure my mental health is intact 100% of the time, although I have maintained it about 60-70% of the time and for the rest, I give myself grace. I have to say that what has helped me is that I am an introvert at heart and I prefer to keep to myself or be around a small group of family and friends. I do not feel that my life is drastically different pre-pandemic as opposed to current times. The only major difference is that auditions are all done through self-tapes and zoom which I prefer because it takes a lot of time to travel to Los Angeles for the auditions. Currently, in order to maintain a healthy mind set, I practice meditation at least 10 minutes in the morning, I exercise at least 30 minutes a day, I eat a healthy balanced meal, and I keep my home my sanctuary.
In the past two years since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve lost three family members who were the cornerstone and foundation for my family. My loving maternal grandmother, Togamau Evo Pani Lutu Lagai passed on 02/24/2020 just as the world began shutting down. A little over 7 months after her passing, my charming maternal grandfather, La’a Pauulu Lagai passed away on 10/03/20. They had been married for over 50 years. Then on 03/31/2021, I lost my God-fearing paternal grandfather, Neforia Richard Thompson who I was very close with at the time of his passing. With a solid faith in God and a loving family, I was able to overcome all the grief that sometimes still overwhelms me. But as one of my dear friends has expressed to me, I have been blessed to be close to all three of my grandparents who are now my ancestors looking after me.
You have been modeling and acting for years. Dealing with ups and downs. What keeps you motivated to keep going?
My motivation is intrinsic; I’ve always loved performing. Even as a child, my maternal grandmother would have me perform cultural dances “Siva” at church gatherings or annual flag day events in American Samoa or sing in the children’s choir. Whether it was individually or in a group, I enjoyed every moment of it. Answering this question has me quite emotional because my grandmother, may she continue to rest in peace, intuitively knew my love for performing. At the time of this writing, it’s the 2nd year anniversary since her passing.
Gracing our “BOSS” issue, what does that mean to you?
It means building with those who have built with me. It means loyalty, longevity, comradery, and growth. This is my third solo cover and each journey of my modeling career has been captured through Luxe Kurves Magazine. I have the utmost respect for Brandee, the E.I.C. of Luxe Kurves because she and her team have built this brand from the ground up to where it’s now a household name in the fashion and music industry.
What does being a powerful “BOSS” woman mean to you?
The most powerful thing a person can do is not to seek validation from others but to have knowledge of self; practice self-love, self-control, and self-awareness. Once you put these things into practice, you will find out that being a “BOSS” is not outward, it’s all in you and on you.
Which woman has influenced you the most in life?
It’s hard for me to select because I have a number of women in my family that have influenced my life tremendously however, I would have to say my Mom. My mother because she’s had to fight through a lot of obstacles in her life; my mother was raised by her maternal grandparents on the island formerly known as Western Samoa and at a tender age of 12, she was sent to live in American Samoan with her mother and step father. While living with my maternal grandparents, my mother did not find it to be easy; it was quite tough since all she knew was her grandparents. She preserved and with an aptitude for learning received a full scholarship to attend Southern Utah State University in Cedar City. She overcame being the first in our family to attend and graduate college with her bachelor’s degree in business, being married and having children while in college, and so much more. When you meet her today, you would not even think she overcame all the things she has in her life because she is kind, light hearted, funny, and always smiling with joy.
What do you think is one of the hardest things women face today, whether that’s in their professional or personal lives?
Women of different backgrounds, ethnic associations, and generations deal with distincts challenges due to the construct of their environment and society. For the most part, societies all over the world are patriarchally contrived. Since the world is ever changing, for my generation, I feel that professionally, as a woman of black and samoan heritage, just in case you don’t know, residing in Southern California, I still do not see many women leaders of color in executive, or managerial, or directorial positions although black women are the most educated in the United States. Along with the lack of leaders, there is also a disparaging salary gap between men and women and especially white men and women of color.
As Viola Davis stated in her historic Emmy’s speech:
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”
What is next for Priscilla Katerena?
There are so many things that I aspire to accomplish however, creatively, what I see next for myself is sharing my love for modeling because it’s helped me become more self-confident, self-aware, and self-assured. I will be sharing digital content via Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube while also creating a digital course that aspiring and seasoned models can incorporate on their journey. Of course, I will continue modeling and acting as long as the passion resides within me.
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