Three words to describe Ms. Kaleya Williams Intelleignt, Ambitious, and a Girlboss. Kaleya is someone that I admire for being a leader in the community and a role model to many young girls. I love her strength to help others less fortunate that don't come from much. Check out my interview with Ms. Williams below!
1.Geornee': I love how involved you are in the community by volunteering at many events that focus on helping others. Tell me who inspire you to be a great leader in the community?
Kaleya Williams: All my life I had enjoyed helping others. However I became more dedicated when my best friend had a brain aneurysm. A brain aneurysm is when blood vessels in the brain balloon and fill with blood, however my friend had a ruptured aneurysm where the ballooned vessels exploded and drowned her brain. When you think of aneurysms you only think that they happen to older people, but that's not that case they can happen to anyone of any age just not as common. When my best friend had her brain aneurysm I was there the whole time, every day showing my support, while being at the hospital with her I noticed that there we're lots of other teenagers who had also suffered from aneurysms. So I decided this needs to be advocated, it doesn't get the attention it needs and people don't know how to protect themselves from it. So I would definitely say that my best friend inspired me to be what I am today, even after she died from a stroke caused by her aneurysm I still kept on pushing and advocating for brain aneurysm awareness.
2. Geornee': Who are your role models that you look up to? And what advices would you give to young girls that look up to you as their role model?
Kaleya Williams: My two main role models are my mom and my older sister. My mom is my role model because she us helpful, courageous and confidant, everything a woman is supposed to be. I see my older sister as a role model because she is all about being comfortable in the skin you wear and just being herself and I love that about her. Advice I would give the girls that look up to me would be to just be yourself, be confident and don't try to change yourself for others always be truly you.
3. Geornee': What's your favorite ice cream? And What do you like to do in your free time?
Kaleya Williams: My favorite ice-cream flavor is cookie dough and in my free time I love to hang out with my friends and family.
4. Geornee': If you could start your own non- profit business one day, what would it be?
Kaleya Williams: If I could open a non profit it would be a studio for teaching girls to be confident in themselves. I would have classes where we would teach the girls etiquette, confidence and just loving themselves because you can't be happy on the outside of your not happy on the inside.
5. Geornee': How does it feel to be Miss Black Teen NC US Ambassdor 2016? And how has your life change?
Kaleya Williams: Being Miss Black Teen North Carolina US Ambassador has definitely been an experience. I have gained a lot more confidence in myself and public speaking skills. I have also done lots of things that I probably wouldn't have done if I didn't have my title. I went to Selma, Alabama and marched in the bridge crossing jubilee to commemorate bloody Sunday. I've presented awards at galas and at the black film festival, judges some other pageants, I've done a PSA about bullying and met some famous people such as Sunshine Anderson, Omar Tyree, Diggy Simmons and Dutchess from Black ink crew. I also have been able to promote Brain aneurysm awareness a lot more being Miss Black Teen North Carolina US Ambassador, so it's definitely been an experience of a life time.
6. Geornee': What do you want people to know about you? And do you have any hidden talents?
Kaleya Williams: As far as talents I like to sing however I don't sing in front if people but I'm working on it. Also I am an all star cheerleader, I love to cheer.
7. Geornee': What's your back to school trends you can't wait to wear? And what celebrity style inspire you to be a fashionista?
Kaleya Williams: Back to school trends I would definitely say just wear you. Personally I don't have a specific style some days I'm overly girly in heels, dresses and bows in my hair, some days I'm kind of grunge with ripped jeans, band tees and combat boots but that's just me. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable don't wear a certain style because you want to fit in, if you just express yourself through your clothes you're bound to fit in.