This is an Excerpt from Voyage ATL Magazine Interview,
Meet Reina Hagatna.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Reina Hagatna.
Reina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a competitive powerlifter, a VP for a bank, co-founder of Vegan Bae and also the designer and owner of Reina Rei Apparel.
I was born in Agana, Guam and raised by strong parents of African and Caribbean descent. When you grow up in such a cultured environment, food plays a major part in your life. I grew up cooking arroz con gandules, kadon pika and greens with hammocks, mac and cheese, and excessive amounts of salt and pork. It can lead to bad eating habits which ultimately led to me being overweight.
I found powerlifting and learned how to use strength and a vegan diet to get me to my goals. Along the way, I developed an awesome following on Facebook and Instagram for my physique, my vegan bae tips and my lifting. My unexpected popularity motivated me to look at more ways to impact my community while staying close to my goals.