Kinky When Wet: Priscilla Katerena


Plus-size model Priscilla Katerena in bathing suit.

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Meet plus-size model Priscilla Katerena. You may have seen this multi-ethnic beauty in The LA Fashion magazine, on the runway for Becca ETC, or as a brand ambassador for ZMJ Denim. She’s also a business owner with her own branding company. And she does it all with a head full of drool worthy curls. 



How long have you been natural? 

I’m of mixed heritage. I’m part Samoan and part black. For the most part I’ve always been natural. I grew up in the islands with the Samoan part of my family. We didn’t use perms or flat irons or anything of that nature. 

There was one time in high school where I actually put a perm in my hair. That was short-lived. I don’t remember why I decided to do it. I think I just wanted to try something different. It wasn’t great. [laughter]

 

Have you always appreciated your natural hair or was it something you had to grow into?

It’s something that kind of dawned on me, you know, how precious it is. I grew up in the islands, American Samoa, but I’m more around my African-American family [now]. Most of my cousins, my aunts, my grandmothers, they kind of showered me with praise of my hair being beautiful and things of that nature. 

I’m a churchgoing lady. When I went to church I was more conservative about it. I didn’t want it to just be out everywhere. I didn’t want too much attention on myself. That’s when I realized how much of an influence, a focal point my hair was. 

Priscilla Katerena curly hair

Tell us about your hair routine. Do you have any holy grail products?

I recently came across these products called Essentious. They’re all sulfate-free products. I have the shampoo, conditioning treatment, and the strengthening protein treatment. I’ve been trying them for about two months now and I definitely feel the difference in my hair. It’s much softer.

As far as my routine, I wash my hair and I condition it. At night I either two-strand twist it or bantu knot it with As I Am Soothing Gel. It really holds the curls. I sleep with that overnight and in the morning I usually just take it out and let it air dry.

Model Priscilla Katerena

How long have you been a model and how did you get started?

I’ve been modeling since 2010. My inspiration came from a friend, Kamesha Rodriguez. We reconnected back in 2010. I used to go on shoots with her and help her with hair and makeup and wardrobe. To see a plus-size model doing what she was doing was very inspirational. 

 

Do you have any advice for new naturals or someone thinking of going natural?

A lot of things in life don’t come easily. It won’t always be an easy journey. If you want to wear your hair natural, get all the information that you want. Do a lot of research. Connect with people in the same position as you or beyond that point. Get a wealth of knowledge from those who have already been there. 

Plus-size model Priscilla Katerena headshot.

Connect with Priscialla on her blog, PriscillaKaterena.com. And don’t forget to become a Facebook fantweet her, and follow her on Instagram.

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One Response so far.

  1. Zainab 1 says:

    Beautiful ! Bravo to her. Love her hair .

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