“Some lifelong hobbies I have include dancing, baking, and journaling. I am happiest when I am expressing my creativity.”
“I think the best part of being Miss Teen Canada 2020 is promoting my platform of self-love. I’ve always wanted to help others help themselves. I learned that you have to be your own support system, and always prioritize yourself to truly live your best life.”
“I have been dancing ever since I was three years old. My passion for cheerleading blossomed in my first year at the University of British Columbia. I always wanted to try cheer in high school.”
“Throughout my life I have had to learnto make the most of each moment and to never give up even when found in a difficult situation…”
“Anyone out there who has a dream, please never give up on it. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your unique purpose and what you add to this world. It may take some hustling, creativity, and flexibility…”
Her smile, joy, enthusiasm, charming gaze and her natural beauty make her sovereign as the most beautiful teen in her country.
It is a great honor to present from Canada the beautiful Keyena Kler, Miss Teen Canada 2020, fashion model, dancer, cheerleader. Keyena gives us part of her heart, her experiences and advice, and she gives us a spectacular interview.
Welcome Keyena Kler !!!
1.- Originally from Canada What have you always liked about the city where you were born and raised? What are those lifelong hobbies that Keyena continues to practice and can’t put down? What makes you smile or makes you happy?
K- I’ve always appreciated the opportunities in Vancouver. We have four seasons, the mountains, the ocean, diversity, and many driven people with dreams. Some lifelong hobbies I have include dancing, baking, and journaling. I am happiest when I am expressing my creativity.
2.- Tell us about the culture you come from, Canada.
K – Canada is a diverse country, full of opportunities and freedoms for everyone. I feel like Canadian culture is fostered in relationships. We’re known for being polite, inviting, and we treat our friends like family.
3.- Do you know the meaning of your name? If so, what is it? What origin does it have? What nicknames do you have?
K – I’m not sure of where my first name comes from. But my middle name is Diana, after the late princess. My mom absolutely adored her and was devastated when she died, so my dad said that if they had a daughter, they could name her after the princess.
4.- Miss Teen Canada 2020 How did you start your journey to be recognized as Canadian sovereign? Why did you decide to participate in Miss Teen Canada and what was your reaction to winning the crown?
K – In my senior year of high school, I signed up for Miss Teenage BC; however, I was unable to compete due to starting a new job and high school exams. I had always felt that I had missed an opportunity, but my mom encouraged me to sign up for another pageant. I chose the Miss Teen Canada pageant, because I loved what the Miss Canada organization stood for. When I won the crown, I was ecstatic, because the entire time I had been competing I felt like I had stayed true to who I was. It was extremely important to me to honour who I am.
5.-What is the best experience you can tell us about being Miss Teen Canada 2020? What opportunities has it opened to you being the most beautiful young woman in Canada?
K – If I’m being honest, I think the best part of being Miss Teen Canada 2020 is promoting my platform of self-love. I’ve always wanted to help others help themselves. I learned that you have to be your own support system, and always prioritize yourself to truly live your best life. I’ve been gifted with being able to teach others about self-love and witness their growth firsthand. It is truly a fulfilling feeling to know you have made a difference, even in the smallest sense, in someone’s life.
6.- How did Keyena decide to take her first steps in the world of dance and then be a cheerleader? What feelings do you have to do what you like, what you are passionate about? It is easy?
K – My mom first signed me up for dance, but my love grew for it very quickly. I have been dancing ever since I was three years old. My passion for cheerleading blossomed in my first year at the University of British Columbia. I always wanted to try cheer in high school. Ironically, I thought I was too old to start, yet here I am 5 years later at tryouts. I was so excited when I found out I landed a spot on the UBC Cheer team. I made amazing friendships and I cannot thank the UBC Cheer organization enough for all the support they gave me while competing for Miss Teen Canada 2020. One thing commonly misunderstood about cheerleading is how tough it really is. It’s less about waving pom-poms and more about hoisting each other in the air to perform incredible stunts. Without a doubt, joining cheerleading was one of the best decisions I made as a freshman.
7.- Keyena, are you aware of your growth as a person,model, dancer and cheerleader, will you become an Influencer every day, an opinion leader especially for the little ones? How do you handle this? How do you like to interact with your followers who join you? What is your favorite social network?
K – I am very grateful for my followers and those who choose to support me. I am definitely open to becoming an influencer, while of course sticking to my roots. I must admit it is hard some days to be a public figure. There is quite a bit of pressure associated with it, and I never want to let anyone down or not be true to myself. It requires courage to put yourself out there, but I am very glad I did. I personally love it when my followers reach out to me on instagram. I am a big talker and am always ready to listen to anyone who wants to reach out.
8.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique hallmark of each activity that Keyena performs as a person ?
K – I think I am separated from others by my energy. I always look for the silver lining in a situation and try to trust that everything happens for my greater good. When I make a mistake in my bullet journal, I turn it into something beautiful. If I mess up a dance or cheer routine, I smile as if that’s what I was supposed to do. Throughout my life I have had to learnto make the most of each moment and to never give up even when found in a difficult situation.
9.- What values, care and habits are important to have / adopt in order to be a dancer?
K – To be a dancer I believe you have to be disciplined, confident, and intelligent. As a dancer, you need to train your body to be able to master multiple turns and beautiful jumps. When you aren’t in the studio dancing, you should be stretching, eating healthy, and getting good sleep. When on stage, performance covers mistakes more than you’d think. Confidence hides mistakes, because it tricks the audience into thinking you know your routine inside and out. When I explain to others how intelligent dancers are, people are always surprised. But we have to be in tune with the rhythm, maintain perfect posture, perform with our face, remember multiple routines, and maintain many other skills to make our performance appear effortless.
10.- Who inspires you every day?
K – This is a hard question to answer, because I find I’m inspired by many different people; however, I am currently inspired by Cassey Ho. Cassey is the founder of Blogilates, has her own app, fashion line, blog, thriving YouTube channel, and does what she loves every single day. I came across her channel during quarantine and instantly fell in love with her. I love how honest she is about struggles she has gone through and how she utilizes her passion to help others find the joy in fitness. I would be overjoyed to meet her one day and to utilize my own passions to help others as well.
11.- What feeling did you have the first time you modeled before a photographic camera and a video camera? What did you feel the first time
K – The first time I modelled I was really worried the photos wouldn’t turn out. During the shoot, I definitely felt the pressure and couldn’t help but wonder what people would think when they viewed the pictures afterwards. I think this is pretty common with anyone’s first photoshoot. But like anything practice makes perfect. I feel much more confident now when I book modelling jobs because I’m more experienced. A helpful tip I might add is to practice taking photos of yourself in various poses and take note of which you like. I have notes saved on my phone with specific details of my favourite poses for specific shoot styles (swimwear, fitness apparel, formal, etc).
12.- Keyena, would you like to venture into some stage of your life in the entertainment industry, such as TV, radio, or perhaps more oriented to acting, cinema, theater? Have you always been outgoing?
K – I can hands down say that if I was given an opportunity in the entertainment industry I would be thrilled! I have plans to go to some open auditions for acting jobs in the future, mostly for fun and a new experience, but I would be tickled pink if I landed a role in a movie or TV show. While on the subject I will say that it’s on my bucket list to be on Dancing With the Stars. That would be amazing.
Those who have known me since I was young would definitely say that I have always been outgoing. Some may even say I’m less out-going now, as I was full of energy as a child.
13.- What are your goals for the future ?
K – I’m not 100% set on what I’d like to do in the future, but I’d love to have a business of some sort in the self-development and lifestyle realm. I’m passionate about living life to the fullest and I want to help others experience that too.
14.- Keyena What do you think about the power that social networks and new technologies exert where we can, for example, discover great talents on platforms such as YouTube, learn programming from the age of three, have greater visibility of our business on Pinterest, from our personal brand on Instagram, or being a recognized videogamer on Twitch?
K – I think social media and technology can be a tool when used correctly. There is more information out there than we can possibly think of and many opportunities can arise from it. While there are many positive outcomes from using social media, I believe it’s important to balance our screen time, to prevent ourselves from getting wrapped up in societal pressures and to maintain a healthy mental state.
15.- What would you say to parents who do not support their children’s talent? And what advice would you give to young people who, having the talent and ability, do not dare to take the next step?
K – We all love our parents, but a friend recently shared some truth on the reality about parent-child relationships. Our parents teach us how to survive, instead of how to thrive. We thrive based on what we love to do and this is something we have to figure out for ourselves. Anyone out there who has a dream, please never give up on it. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your unique purpose and what you add to this world. It may take some hustling, creativity, and flexibility, but with time I believe that you are capable of anything you set your mind to.
16.- What is your opinion of the empowerment of women in recent years, reaching positions of the first order around the world?
K – For such a long time, women have been viewed as less than men, and I feel like this stigma is finally starting to lose its taste. We are just as capable as any man and we bring feminine qualities to the table that are useful in many different facets. It is truly inspiring to see women slowly march their way into positions of great power, especially when they are more than qualified. Someone right now I am specifically inspired by would be Kamala Harris, elected Vice President of the United States.
17.- Keyena , What motivates you and why do you feel grateful every day?
I remember going through a time in my life where I was very unhappy and didn’t believe in my own capabilities. Coming out the other side of this experience is what keeps me motivated and extremely grateful for finding myself and having an amazing support system around me.
18.- Do you like to travel? What countries do you already know? What other countries would you like to visit and what places do you recommend visiting in Canada, your native country?
I LOVE to travel and have been missing it ever since the pandemic started. I have been lucky enough to travel to America, Mexico, and several Caribbean countries including the Bahamas and the US Virgin Islands. Currently at the top of my travel bucket list is Europe, specifically Italy, as Italian food is my favourite. In Canada, I have been fortunate enough to travel to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec; however, I must say Vancouver (where I am from), has much to offer for tourists during any season of the year. I might add that we have pizzeria’s here comparable to those of New York City.
19.- It seems to you if we play a little ping pong. I tell you a few words and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind, okay?
– Marriage – Later
– Abortion – Choice
– Best film – Miss Congeniality
– The worst – Pickles
– Children – So cute
– Dance – fun
– Sing – Only when I’m alone haha
– Machismo – No thanks
– Politics – Nothing without drama 😉
– Favorite food – Mac n cheese
– Character – Serena and Blair (from Gossip Girl)
– Percentage of Craziness – 110%
– Love – Family
–Fun – Summer
– Happiness – Home
20.- These lines are yours Keyena, thank you very much for sharing these words with you, you are already from the Perumira family !
K – Thank you so much to the Perumra team for giving me the opportunity to speak on several different topics I am passionate about. I feel so grateful to have been given a chance to share my thoughts and opinions. To everyone out there reading, thank you for taking the time, and never give up on any dreams you have. You are more capable than you could even imagine and the world is at your fingertips.
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with Keyena Kler – Canada
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