Beauty, everyone has it one way or another. Some are so beautiful they attain immortality through legends; others are beautiful differently. They spread their inner goodness to those around them, in hopes of a better world. Khalena Knox (pronounced “Colleena”) definitely has both! This amazing young lady is a rare beauty, blessed on every plane of her being with beauty, grace, wisdom, and class. It is with these attributes she is about to make her mark on Hollywood in WE! TV’s “Match Made in Heaven!”
Khalena is a true beauty queen. No, actually she is; having competed in pageants since her adolescence. Unsurprisingly, she has done very well, holding titles in the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Asia Pacific World Organization and the International Pageants, Inc. Khalena was Miss Palm Beach County USA 2012, Miss Blue representing the Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, the first Miss Asia Pacific World USA, a semifinalist in the Miss District of Columbia USA pageant and is Miss Florida International 2014. “I’ve always been in pageants since I was like twelve and I love it. It was not something anyone pushed me to do…I always liked that kind of stuff…I’m very girl [she laughs].” Kahlina was practically raised to be a princess. As the only girl of three children, you might have thought she would be a little tomboyish, she cites her mother and aunts as the reason for her being to pristine. “My mother is also into makeup, hair, and beautiful things and so were my aunts…I have a lot of them…having such a strong feminine presence around me constantly not only taught me how to take care of myself aesthetically, but made my proud of what it means to be a woman…”
For some reason there is a horrible assumption that beauty and brains do not coincide. You would dead wrong when it comes to Miss Knox! Not only is she a beauty queen, as aforementioned, Khalena attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Cellular Biology! “I allow people to assume what they want…I know who I am and what I have accomplished so I’m pretty unbothered by negative comments about how a woman can’t be attractive and intelligent…it’s really ignorant…” This pretty lady knows a woman truly can have it all; perhaps that is why she is also making moves in the beauty and entertainment industries. She has worked for major beauty companies such as Farouk Systems, Clairol and REVLON. Khalena even booked the Bronner Brother’s Hair and Fashion show working for companies such as IC, Fantasia, and Bovanti Cosmetics. Even more interesting are her appearances in commercials for KFC, the HBO movie Recount, 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM Drum Line, Hype Hair Magazine, Metro Styles Magazine, and Vh1’s hit show Single Ladies. “I feel blessed to have been able to be a part of so much and now I’m ready to deal with this next venture…”
Khalena’s latest venture has taken her to WE! TV’s newest and highly anticipated reality television show, Match Made In Heaven! Match Made in Heaven, debuting February 4th, will center on “millionaire,” Shawn Bullard, as he searches for a mate with the help of Pastor Ken Johnson, the spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson will help Bullard, who works in real estate; choose from one of twenty-four women who will live in the same house during the duration of the eight-week show. “Reality television is quite different than what I expected…I definitely enjoyed my experience on the show and it is definitely going to be good TV…it’s the Black Bachelor!” Many people have wondered if the show is similar to the controversial VH-1 reality dating shows of the early 2000s. Khalena has assured us there may be similarities at the surface, but it is an overall different concept. “…They did not give us pet names on the show…although a lot of the girls did call me Barbie…there are some ratchet people on the show, but I am not one of them…you really do get a spectrum of women…most looking for love over fame…”
Naturally, Khalena cannot tell us if she emerged victorious from the show, but she does share her beauty secrets with us. “My [beauty] secrets are simple, I drink a lot of water and I get plenty of sleep…at least eight hours every night…” As you can see Miss Knox is well put together, making her more than worthy of being our latest #iCandy! Currently, Khalena is modeling and teaching pageantry when she is not working on her brand. Be sure you catch her “sure to be hit” reality show and follow her on social media!