A small town girl with nothing more than a passion, a dream, and a laptop.
I was born and raised in a white picket fenced blur on the map.
Although I am eager to begin my life in a city and travel the world, I am grateful that I was raised in a close-knit community. Everyone in my town has shaped my life, immensely and irreversibly. I believe that my small town upbringing has made me the person I am:
ambitious, eager, and unstoppable.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been curious about the unfair female standards of society. I wanted to know what exactly it is that makes women conform to the unrealistic expectations of social media? Why is life a game of comparison and not empowerment?
I was also passionate about several other unconnected things such as fashion, makeup, exercise, cooking, sewing, and writing, to say the least.
As a recent high school graduate, I struggled to find my purpose in life. I lacked self-confidence and desperately attempted to squeeze into the small box of beauty standards. But, I noticed that every time I tried to fit another piece of myself into the cardboard box, I lost something. I lost apart of myself. And I lost sight of who I was. While struggling to find myself, I turned to fashion as an outlet of self-expression.
I believe that fashion heals all insecurities.
I believe in the magical powers of positivity and self-love. The electrifying powers of motivation and support.
Mackenzie Kateri in 2018
Though I developed Mackenzie Kateri with intentions of a fashion platform, my overall goal is to create a community of strong, beautiful, and powerful women who are getting radical with their own being in the relentless pursuit of self. I don’t know what the future holds in store, but I plan to expand my blog. My dream is a digital media company. A clothing line. An accessory line. The possibilities are endless.
But as J.W. Van Goethe once quoted, “Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.”