Name: Deva-dee Siliee
Date of Birth:01/05/86
Place of Birth: Curacao Netherlands Antilles
Where have you been living the past two years? New York City
Current occupation: Student/ Part-time model (UPDATE COMING SOON)
Who would you say is Deva-Dee?
I am extremely ambitious and optimistic person. I believe in dreaming and making your dreams come true. I believe the key to that is to work hard but also have a positive attitude about everything and I believe the key to success in that in is learning. A lot of people go through situations without getting the education they should in order to prosper. I believe in growth and achieving my full potentials in every aspect I am interested in.
Who has been your inspiration?
My mother has been a big inspiration because I grew up in a single parent household. She s a very strong woman and has always stood behind me and beside me as a friend. She encouraged me to pursue the things I want to pursue. She inspired me with her own way of living. She is very caring, always ready to help everybody and believes in making a difference. So a lot of who I am is inspired by her teachings.
What is the experience / project you are most proud of?
I am most proud of myself. I am proud of the life I am living. I am proud I am someone that does not take life for granted. Everything I do I try to do as best as I can. So the two things I am most proud of I guess would be finishing school in Curacao and getting myself into an Ivy league College. – Columbia University. A lot of people would be surprised if I don’t mention modeling but at the time modeling was a stepping-stone for me. I connected with th right people but didn’t let it take over furthermore did not pursue it in a way in which I would “sell” my identity. Modeling is a very short-term industry and my real goals are in other areas.
What do you feel about the opportunities available to the local youth on the islands right now?
In need of improvement. We need a lot more activities and opportunities for the youth to be able to prosper according to their interests. I believe that the older generation including the government, companies and parents need to unite and work better together in order for the youth get access to new possibilities.
It has a lot to do with politics because the situation over the course of ten years has helped the island disintegrate. We lack unity, determination, and we lack discipline. We start and never follow through.
Everyone is just pursuing their own personal interests. There is no fight for a common goal. I am planning to come back to the island in about 10 -15 years. I would like to see more focus directed towards education, crime prevention and long term commitments instead of short term solutions.
What do you miss the most about being home?
My lovely people. I admire how our Island is so culturally diverse yet we each seem to manage to embrace the same culture same music and language as our own. We have a lot to be proud of and we need to take better care of our heritage and our fascinating History.
What do you do on of those rare slow you don’t have ANYTHING else to do type of days In New York?
I’ll find a dance class somewhere in the city. There are soo many things going on in the dance scene here including Workshops with the best choreographers and festivals. There is something about walking around in the city, you never know who you’re going to see or meet, and where you may end up. There are always new places and sights you haven’t seen.
What’s the top five on your Play List?
– Erykah badhu
Shout-out to the Carib-Flava community
Keep doing what you do the fullest believe that you are able and you will be able.
Message to the Global Community:
Let’s stick together we all share the same fate in the end.