#BellaBeautyTribe Feature No. 16: LILI

What makes you beautiful?
This is a love story about the women we know and the women we want to know.
The go getters, the humble souls, the women who inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.
The true goddess who is centered in love and joy.
The women to whom you can relate, who find humor in their own flaws, and who tell it to you straight—when no one else will.
A celebration of beautiful women who shine bright from within.
They don't follow the pack, they lead the crowd.
Their beauty is contagious.
They lead with their heart and follow their dreams.
They balance so much, and they do it with grace and beauty.
They are the true definition of Bella.
We met LILI while on location in Isla shooting our Summer 17 Collection.
 
Instantly we are struck by her joyful presence, we know there is a colorful story to unfold.
We knew Isla would be a whirlwind of a shoot so while searching for the Bella to give life to The Spirit of Isla we searched for a fellow adventurer as well. 
  
We quickly learned that Lili has a deep and special connection to nature. It's as if she knows the suns language and the palms bend toward the light she illuminates. 
  
She is completely herself and has a special way of connecting with strangers. She is open, free, engaging, and completely, unapologetically silly. 
  
Her natural warmth makes it feel as if you've known her for years.
This inner warmth and intrinsic connection with the natural world make complete sense when she tells us stories about her childhood.
  
She grew up in Hawaii living the true island life with her mom, siblings, and a ton of animals.
She tells us stories of chasing chickens and always feeling free.
Her family grew up in a crooked shack with no electricity but as she explains " We had very little, but were rich with white sand beaches, fruitful trees, tropical sun, and each other."
 
She is humble, kind, and an absolute Bella.
Thank you for showing us gratitude and for all the life you brought to The Spirt of Isla!  
 
xo,
 
The Bella Tribe 
 
 
 
What was it like growing up in Hawaii living the island life?
 
Very chill. I grew up with lots of animals and siblings in a little crooked shack. We heated water with a wood-burning furnace and took baths in tin buckets. As kids, our days consisted of going to the beach, chasing chickens, and stealing mangos from our neighbors yard. We had very little, but were rich with white sand beaches, fruitful trees, tropical sun, and each other.
 
 
What have you been listening to lately?
 
K.Flay
 
How would you define love?
 
A chemical reaction in the brain that makes you feel ooey gooey unexplainable things.
 
How has your upbringing shaped your worldview today?
 
I learned from an early age what really matters in life, and I feel incredibly lucky. I look forward to raising my kids the same way.
 
What are you most grateful for when traveling ? 
 
All the new textures and colors and authentic food. Uhhhh the foooood.
 
What makes you feel so connected to animals?
 
They’ve been around my whole life and were always treated like family. I definitely inherited my love for animals from my mom, who’s never turned her back from a creature in need.
 
How were you introduced to Cleobella?
 
I was suggested for a shoot through Melodi Meadows – an inspiring creative that I’ve admired for years!
 
What does the word "Bella" mean to you?
 
Beautiful of course! A beautiful heart, a beautiful soul, a beautiful purpose.
 
How would you describe your personal style?
 
Casual, tropical, semi-clad. Always on the hunt for thrifted gems!
 
What are your keys to happiness?
 
Family family family! {including fur family} Delicious, fresh food…and gratitude.  
 
Beauty is…
 
Subjective. Don’t compare…love yourself, and don’t let your mind bully your body. 
Lili Klem @_lilikoi 
 
Sisters:
Stella Klem @stelaluna_
Nellie Klem @blueisabell
Photography by Mama Klem  @beachcreature 
  
Words: Lacée De Grasse