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Kiya Renae

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Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kiya Renae attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Criminal Justice concentration). During her studies in undergrad, she was offered multiple opportunities to model that she declined in order to fully focus on her degree. However, after being unsuccessful in finding a job following graduation, she took on some of the modeling opportunities that had been previously offered which later afforded her music video opportunities and magazine spreads with well known artists. Unfulfilled in the industry, and still in search of her ultimate purpose, Kiya Renae enrolled in the Northern Kentucky University where she found herself torn between continuing down the career path of “modeling” or furthering her education. She decided to pursue her degree, earning a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MSIO) and close the chapter on modeling. Kiya Renae chose the Psychology field in hopes of learning more about herself, personal growth and development. Being raised by a single mother in a family that applauded academia, Kiya Renae was often thought of as the family rebel. Although never leaving her academic roots; piercings, tattoos and urban modeling were far outside of her conservative upbringing. Her search for herself in these two separate yet equal worlds has heavily influenced her creative writing style in expressing the feelings of being torn in searching for your identity. Prior to releasing ‘Through Her Own Eyes: This Is Only the Beginning’, Kiya Renae has often been asked to write and speak at small engagements because of her unique ability to communicate effectively yet in a way that people can both understand and relate to. After releasing ‘Through Her Own Eyes’, a year later she continued to share her introspection with her release of ‘It’s Ok To Be Broken’. While she chose not to release her titles as a series, ‘It’s Ok To Be Broken’ picks up where ‘Through Her Own Eyes’ left off. With the continued support and positive feedback, Kiya Renae has no plans to stop sharing nor to stop encouraging through her gift of writing. Still working towards living in her purpose, Kiya Renae decided to pursue her Doctorate in Leadership Studies and in the midst took on the challenge of releasing her third text, ‘UnRefined’ which she documents is the most personal, most emotional text that she has yet to release. Frequently faced with the unprecedented ups and downs, ‘UnRefined’ is a documented journey to self-love. Kiya Renae states “I hoarded this text because I had to prepare myself for the level of transparency and to be honest, I thought I would be in a different space literally and figuratively by the time I decided to publish.” ‘UnRefined’ is a show of raw appreciation for the self. Too often people neglect the being within; Kiya Renae wants you to be still, get to know yourself, accept yourself and love yourself; journey with her in her latest release, ‘UnRefined: Still Learning, Still Growing’.

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