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Arkansas native, She’Kia Renea is known as everyone’s favorite southern belle YouTuber! Not only is Renea’s channel full of beauty content but she shares tips on how she’s achieved and maintains her snatched body which keeps new and returning viewers coming back for more! We got a chance to get to know the woman everyone just can’t get enough of and we’re certain you’ll want to as well!

Do you mind telling our readers a little bit about yourself? What inspired you to create your YouTube channel?

My name is She’Kia Renea. I’m originally from West Helena, Arkansas—currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a full-time YouTube “guru” —at least that is what I am told (laughs) I am a very proud member of Kappa Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I hold a Bachelors Degree from Mississippi State University and am currently pursuing a Masters Degree. I was blessed to have come from a two parent household where I was raised as the oldest of three girls. My biggest inspiration would have to be my children. I have two beautiful girls who look up to me in many different aspects. Knowing that they are watching my every move, pushes me to work harder.

The story behind my YouTube channel is a little different than most and interesting to say the least. In 2012, I went through a devastating divorce. During this time, I was mentally depleted. I didn’t know what to do, how to function, what direction I would be going into—NOTHING. One random morning, I woke up and decided I wanted to shave off all my hair, which now that I think about it, was pretty damn long at the time (laughs). Afterward, I looked in the mirror, staring at myself thinking, “What the hell did I just do?” It was at that moment, I realized an instant feeling of freedom. It felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I wanted to share my feeling with someone who could maybe identify so, I turned to my iPad camera and recorded my first YouTube video—which turned out to be a very therapeutic outlet. To my surprise, there were so many women who could identify with my story. As my channel evolved, my viewers took notice of my hair growth and they began to ask for related videos. Shortly afterward, natural hair blogger, Curly Nikki reached out inquiring about featuring my videos on her page. Of course, I said yes! Before I knew it, I hit 10k followers, and it continued to grow from there. Now I have well over 258K and over 12 Million channel views.

Sheen Magazine is the Ultimate Beauty Guide for the Modern Day Woman, what are your holy grail products?

I am a very simple woman, who sticks with a very simple routine. It’s really easy to spend tons of money on the latest greatest products only to be let down by half of them (laughs). Therefore, I only have two real holy grail product at the moment which are my own personal hair growth vitamin line Luxuhairant, which I take it daily, and Hello Hydration conditioner by Herbal Essence.

What would is your favorite thing about being a beauty influencer? Is there anything that you don’t like?

My favorite thing about being a beauty influencer is the amount of love and support received by my followers/subscribers or Boothangs as I call them (laughs). To know that complete strangers treat me as if we have been BFFs for years is an amazing feeling. The key is humility! I try to remain humble at all times. It is really easy to let the “fame” of social media go to your head. My goal is to never get so “BIG” that I forget how I got there. I believe my followers are able to pick up on that genuine vibe which is why they can identify with my realness. The only thing I don’t like about being an influencer is the negative people with their bitter comments. What is the point of that exactly? If you don’t like something—don’t watch.

How did health and fitness become such a big part of your life? What advice would you have for anyone that has a hard time staying consistent?

Health and fitness became a big part of my life after I lost loved ones suddenly from strokes. I quickly realized how important it was to take care of my body in order to help minimize such health risks. My advice would be to stay realistic—Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses as they say. No, you may not be able to run 10 miles straight like Ms. Jones but you can walk one mile a day until you get on that level. The point is set realistic goals for yourself— You may start off slow but keep pushing yourself. Look at it this way, you will never achieve your goal by simply sitting on that couch—GET UP! PUSH YOURSELF! GET RESULTS!

What can we expect to see from She’Kia Renea in the future?

God’s Willing— you will see a lot from She’Kia Renea in the future—Yes, I am talking about myself in third person (laughs). My goal is to become a household name. I want to spread positivity, love, and joy to as many people as possible. There are so many tragedies going on around us in the world today, this is the time we need love and positive energy the most. I pray that as I grow within life and on my channel—I am able to continue touching lives in a meaningful way.

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