First Name: Cilicia Ketama
Profession: Administrative Secretary
Favourite Quote: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
What does empowerment mean to you?
To me it means making a selfless difference knowing you have the power to change things for the better rather then for worse..
What part of your body do you love the most?
I think it would have to be my stomach and my amputated leg because they both bear the most marks on my body.
What is your favourite quality about your personality?
My favorite part is how blunt I am with everyone and that I always look for the best in people.
When you were growing up, can you remember becoming aware of what you looked like? Were you influenced by anything in particular?
I was 13 and all my friends started maturing quickly, using makeup, wearing “sexy clothing” and going out to parties. I was influenced by them to “try” to do these things but I never got to because of how strict my parents were. (I Thank God for that today)
What insecurities have you over come that were previously holding you back?
When I first got amputated I was afraid to go out in public or be around my friends for a very long time just because I felt out of place and I felt like being a handicap was a burden. Now I go out freely and have fun like nobody’s watching (even though everyone stares)
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to my parents the most because they’ve been through a lot in their lifetime and they’ve done a lot to always make a way for me even if they had to struggle to do so.
What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?
Don’t rush the brush love, you’re young and everything falls into place eventually and happens for a reason; try not too stress so much!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy singing, listening to music, reading and watching movies on Netflix in my spare time.
What advice would you like to share with other women?
Never undervalue yourself for ANYONE or try to be someone you’re not because you are beautiful no matter what people say or think. Do you and be”you”tiful at it.