Keiana is already a trailblazer—and she’s only 21. Her current project is Sublima, a company working to provide the first non-hormonal birth control pill, and that’s just one of Keiana’s many scientific endeavors. She realized she had the power to be a changemaker following the BP oil spill in 2010, when her research showed that cancer-causing molecules developed in the water less than 12 hours after the spill. That research led her to win 2nd place in the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair when she was just a junior in high school. She was named one of Glamour’s College Women of the Year in 2018, and her work is just beginning.

“I am making change by encouraging women to step up and pursue the ideas that they’re interested in.”

Whether it’s in STEM or any field that you’re interested in, to Keiana, being a trailblazer means taking risks and doing things differently.

“You’re not really making change until you’re out of your comfort zone. Taking risks is key.” 

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  1. Aerie

    Thanks for your comment! You’re right that Keiana was younger when the BP oil spill happened, but it was her research following the spill that led her to win the award when she was in high school. She is 21 now, and we’re so inspired by everything she’s accomplished already at such a young age.

  2. Chau Wall

    Wow, this is incredible to hear about Keiana! How amazing it is when you put your mind to something! What an excellent pick for Aerie role model!

    1. Aerie

      Thanks for sharing, Chau! We agree!

  3. Susan Gingold

    Keiana was one of my former students. She had insatiable curiosity, passion and drive. She was generous and kind. Keiana encouraged other students in our school and blazed a trail for them to pursue STEM fields.

    1. Aerie

      Thanks so much for sharing, Susan!

  4. Britney

    Just out of curiosity, where did she get that top??

    1. Aerie

      She got it at Aerie of course! It will be online next week.

      1. Deb McDonnell

        Where will I find it listed? Tops/ bras/ swimsuit?? LOL.. Thank You!!

        1. Aerie

          Bikini tops!

          1. Deb McDonnell

            Thank you!! Any idea when it will be posted on Aerie pages?

          2. Aerie

            Hi Deb! It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… it’s here! Hope you love it.

          3. Deb McDonnell

            Received today!! So darling!! I'm 65 nd still so darling!!

          4. Aerie

            Amazing! So happy you love it.

  5. Aresha Babwah

    I am so so so proud of Keiana! The world needs more leading women like her. She's definitely a game changer!

  6. deb mcdonnell

    Aerie, It WAS in my cart already, Thank you so much!! Now both of these items are on there way to me!!

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