Star Sign: Sagittarius.
Where are you originally from, and where do you reside now?
I am originally from the Netherlands, from a small town called Delft. I grew up there, but went to high school in Rotterdam, so that’s where I was mostly. When I was seventeen, I auditioned for a college here in the United States and was accepted! So in September 2016 I moved to Miami to start school. I recently switched campuses, and am currently living in North Hollywood, in the beautiful Los Angeles.
What do you like to do when you are not modeling?
My biggest passion is acting. I am a second year student at the New York Film Academy for Acting for Film. So whenever I’m not modeling, I am either learning lines for a play that I am doing or rehearsing a scene that I have to shoot in a couple of days. I love everything about acting, but especially the amount of creative freedom you have as an actress to really bring your character to life. Besides that, I love going surfing and I really enjoy reading books.
Describe what inspires your style?
I love going to secondhand stores and finding interesting looking pieces of clothing. Whenever I buy a statement item such as a very colorful blouse or a huge pair of pants, I challenge myself to make this item work in an outfit. I mostly shop at vintage and second hand stores to save money, and because I like having clothes that nobody else has!
What is your morning and night beauty routines?
I usually don’t use any products on my face. In the morning I comb my hair while I’m in the shower. After that, I put a little bit of leave-in conditioner from “Shea Moisture” on the tips of my hair and then I get ready for the day.
What is your idea of cool?
My idea of cool is doing whatever you feel is the right thing to do. I think you’re cool when you don’t change anything you were planning on doing, because of other people’s opinions. I admire people that do positive things to make themselves grow and inspire other people while doing so.
What do you wear to feel powerful?
Hmmm, I thought long and hard on this one and my final answer has to be my hair. Whatever outfit I wear, rather I think it’s amazing or the most boring outfit I have ever worn, as long as I wear my hair with pride, like a crown, it makes me feel powerful. It makes me feel unique and it makes me feel completely Kanea, no matter what.
What is the best advice you've received?
The best advice I have ever received is a saying in Dutch, “Nee heb je, ja kan je krijgen.” The translation of it is “You already have no, let’s try for yes.” My mother used to tell me this very often while growing up, and I still think of it daily. It lifts my spirits. I always try to see the bright side of things. So when I want something, why not at least try getting it, even if I’m not sure if it will work out. At least I will have tried, and if I fail, I am back where I started, nothing has changed. There is no problem in that. When I try getting something and I do get that yes, I will always feel empowered and proud of myself that I went in, gave my best, and succeeded.