Early Life in the D.R.

Kianny at 5 days old.

Kianny at 5 days old.

Kianny was born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic on February 15, 1979.

collage -Kianny

Collage of pictures of Kianny made by Orlando Peña.

Although she has half-sisters and brothers, she lived with her grandmother and grew up with many cousins. She enjoyed school but when it came down to choosing between academic activities or sports, she usually chose sports.

A typical day for her consisted of school in the mornings and then sports in the afternoon. She practiced Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, ballet, and others. Addtionally, she studied theater, painting, and computer classes. Needless to say, she was busy. However, she believes she had a great childhood.

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