The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

res­i­dent of Od­san, 19-year-old Kiana is a past stu­dent of the Ciceron Sec­ondary School who started mod­el­ing when she was al­most 15. She re­mem­bers vividly walk­ing past a Cas­tries hair sa­lon and hear­ing some­one shout hello. It turned out this was no or­di­nary some­one. The hailer was the renowned Richard Young, a Trinidad na­tive whose name is syn­ony­mous with Caribbean fash­ion.

“I had never worn heels,” Kiana told us, “but there was Richard ask­ing me to at­tend an au­di­tion for a show he was pro­duc­ing.” Typ­i­cally, Kiana would over­come her anx­i­ety. Un­der Young's tu­tor­ing she learned not only to walk like a model in high heels but also that she had the po­ten­tial to make a name for her­self in the in­dus­try.

Now she says, “I feel to­tally at home on the run­way, re­gard­less of what I’m wear­ing.” Who would ar­gue with that? Not us, that’s for sure.

Her fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude swim­ming, read­ing, tak­ing long walks on the beach and spend­ing qual­ity time with her sib­lings. Just now she’s plan­ning to re­turn to school with a view to tak­ing to the skies as an air host­ess. Which is not to say mod­el­ing is about to take a back seat.

“The way I see it,” she smiles, “I’ve got en­ergy to burn and I might as well burn some of it mak­ing a mark in this world be­fore I’m 30.”

Sounds good to us!

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