True story: I grew up taller than everyone. I was about the average height of a woman in elementary school. And I used to cry, pray, manifest that my feet wouldn’t be big. Unfortunately God heard me. I kept growing, but my feet did not. So here’s to the tall girls that wear a 5 1/2 in boys and trip all the time bc their small feet cant handle it 😅😂 #ThanksGod
I hope heaven has a waiting room
The natural high 🙏🏾
I’m only dangerous to you if you haven’t confronted parts of yourself yet 🐍
Sometimes I feel detached from my art when I can’t make or share enough of it, but then I remember being an artist is not only an action but a state of being. If I never make anything ever again I am always an artist. It’s not something I have to chase or use to prove something to others... it’s just who I need to be.
I just burned my mouth on cheese pizza 🥴 I love you @phoneticjasmine 😭🙏🏾 —— Stream that thang though, link in bio
This photo was an accident. Just a test shot. I hadn’t even put my shoes on yet. But there’s something about it that just makes sense. Ive been secretly loving this photo for months. There’s just something about it... 📸: Andres Pagan
Realizing answers present themselves early on, but we ignore them by being so focused on trying to be like everyone else. Right now feels amazing bc I’m just trying to be me —— Also wanna let you know I have two shows coming up! The first July 27th I’ll be performing at a dope @sassboxx_ pop-up experience at @thebrownbarre at 1:30 PM FREE tickets available in their bio! 🎹 - Aug 29th I’ll be hitting the stage thanks to @rnbaecollective! Details coming soon! 💜 - Show news will be in my highlights as well as on kayanova.co. Okay byeee ✌🏾
All that really matters to me 🙏🏾
if you ever wanted to pick a fight with me today is the day. This lock jaw bout to have my comeback game real quiet 🤐
I don’t smile enough in pictures, so here’s proof that I’m not a devil. People always meet me in person and are shocked by how silly I am, please understand I’m a wild child at heart lol (📸: @theoriyomclovinn)
Woman: I love your earrings!! So cute.... that’s Nina Simone right? *swipe this y’all 🤦🏾♀️*
Baby Kaya (age 7) after one of my very very first solo stage performances. It was a lip sync contest at my elementary school, and while my peers were mouthing B2K, Alicia Keys & Destiny’s Child, my mom told me I had to do “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. I remember she made me practice this in the living room, blasting on our stereo and her giving me critiques on having attitude my whole performance. Equipped with a wig, dress, baby heels, and her balled up receipts in my fake bra which I threw out on stage on the “Imma bout to give you all my money” line, I walked away with first place. That trophy is still in my mother’s house lmao #humblebeginnings
Today I received many kind notes via twitter about how my words have touched people. I just want to say that shit means the world to me. Being able to reach people with my genuine words is the only time this life stuff makes sense. Luv y’all ❤️
I enjoy flashback photos. I enjoy looking like a cool black girl that cosplays, bc lowkey I wanna start. All because of Steven Universe, the greatest cartoon to exist. Lost in this caption? Great. But just know it’s Garnet over everything & this was taken in 2017ish #fbf
I don’t need perfection. Just consistency. Just effort 🔮
I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn’t mean you’re alive 🙏🏾
Dear Atlanta, I missed you like shit.
the only thing I’m grabbin’ ✌🏾
sry, I went outside and felt cool. Had to hit it again 🤟🏾
No longer chasing anything, just clearing space and sharpening my spirit for what’s to come. We ask for blessings so much we forget to become the people worthy of having them. (📸: @theoriyomclovinn) #styledbyori #shotbyori
The first time I went out alone I was scared to death. Then I did it a second time and loved it. The third time it went flawlessly. Now? It’s like second nature. I’ll go out by myself and people will ask “WHY are you here alone?” I just say “why not?” 🤷🏾♀️
when all else fails, change your hair, take a deep breath, cry, and try again later. (I did these myself again, they came out better this time. I’m quite proud) ✌🏾
Happy Day ✌🏾Today I pushed past the “I don’t feel like it” and “I don’t feel confident and just decided to suck it up and work anyways. Bc if I listen to that voice I’d get no where. There’s never a perfect time, only action in the present. (📸: @bluesismymuse)
Plot Twist: less is more + you always had everything you needed to be interesting + beautiful. I’ll also be consulting this photo anytime I feel too lazy to wash my face cuz damn.
one of the bigger lessons I learned: if you keep reaching for more things, you’ll forget what you already have. there could always be more going right, but just enough is going right today—in this moment—for us to be okay too. so make that list of all the good things happening and goodness you have. nothing is too small. (and I’m quite sure just last year your list was a lot shorter) @notesbynova
Often times people say they’re proud of me, and the imposter syndrome in me will immediately ask “proud of what???” but this morning I reflected on the past 7 months, and even the past 3 years, and had to admit.... I’ve done a lot of things. The goals I have for myself are large, but right in this moment it’s okay to be proud. I used to say “don’t tell me I’m doing good until you see me on TV” but I’m doing good right now too lol I’ll always get better, but if I can’t see it now I’ll never appreciate it later. So thank you to those who always see my light even while I’m breaking and changing light bulbs 🙏🏾
before a week ago my skin care routine was pretty simple. Wash with Castile soap & moisturize with vitamin E & tea tree oil. I didn’t do it everyday, maybe 3-4 times a week. Genetically I have pretty clear skin, so I didn’t do much. But stress, a new city, new environment??? Yeah not the kindest to my face, so I gotta be a big girl now and change it up lol —— When I say my skin has NEVER been this softttttt 😩 I’m so in love with @tula. I’m currently following their 5 step routine: 1. Purifying cleanser (Cleanse) 2. pH Resurfacing Gel (Tone) 3. Illuminating Face Serum 4. Hydrating Day & Night Cream 5. Eye Renewal Serum ✨Exfoliating Treatment Mask (Only on weekends) —— My skin is currently going through some purging (didn’t even know this was a thing) bc my face is adjusting to these new products but I already see and feel a difference ☺️. Still playing around to find my perfect routine and balance but so far so good. Thanks #tulaskincare! #tulaobsessed
last weekend I tackled 25 years of body negativity, and it feels amazing. Thank you @beingdanniek #bts 🙏🏾
Thought of the day: just because you’re an artist, doesn’t mean you’re free.
Remember: it’s perfectly fine if you choose silence over words today ✌🏾
If it requires effort today, I’ll have to kindly decline #happyfriday #redclayshawty
I luv u 2 cat daddy but don’t u let that go 2 ur head 🔮
and I won’t stop trying bc that’s the only way cycles break. there’s no point being closed off, bc someone loved me closed off, bc someone loved them closed off. I only want to move forward with discernment, forgiveness and a light heart 🙏🏾
bless up noviana 🌙
On days when my artistry feels the heaviest and most impossible, when the “this isn’t going to work” voices are loud (like today) I like to rewatch old performance videos, listen to my old and unreleased music, scroll through all the screenshots of people experiencing my music, and dig up old photo shoots like this one done by @chrisclip lol this was my first time in a studio I believe 2 years ago 😅
I spent my whole morning reading explanation articles for @usmovie. I think I finally cracked the code and am now an expert, ask me anything. Also should I go to brunch? 🤔
A large part of my 20s has been figuring out healthy communication. Debunking the idea that only those you’re romantically interested in or committed to deserve your proper or explicit communication. Taking fear from having feelings for someone, and putting language to that versus shying away and hoping they understand my behavior. Unfortunately I seem to be one of a small handful of 20 something year olds who care about being this way lol but it’s okay. Because I don’t much care if me saying what I feel—choosing to use words to affirm others—makes me seem weak. At some point the cycle of shitty communication in dating has to end, and I’m okay if it starts with me. Tell people how you feel and what you want. Care about being kind. Care about your words. Care to communicate.
excuse me uhm.... i love you.
kill imposter syndrome. i do this.
To baby self: You were always meant for big things. You were always loved. You were always taken care of, and destined to be taken care of. You always had everything you ever needed. I love you. (Also.... wish I still had this sweater lol)
a night of giant uno cards, giant connect four, and little drinks that tasted like a beef patty.
I rather be felt—experienced + understood—than just seen or heard. I know you see me. I know you hear me. But do you feel me?
dear Spain, I miss you. But if I’m being honest I don’t know when I’m coming back. Or leaving the country again. Living in another country (2016-2017) was so beautiful but.... also extremely difficult to prepare for, maintain & return from. Maybe it’s given me a small hang up from wanting to leave for now. I watch my peers travel so much and am in awe. How do you find the time? How do you find the money? Do I need to answer those questions for myself right now? Maybe not lol I believe I’m deserving of breaks and vacations, but I have no desire to do so abroad right now. If I did it now it wouldn’t be genuine and I’d be forcing myself. I just feel like I have so much to do to lay roots to my NY home (aka The Nova Palace) I’m not ready to leave. Unless of course it’s for work 😉. I have time to see the world and some thing is just telling me to stay put and build. I don’t have to cram it all into my 20s. But idk maybe you wanderlusters can offer advice? This is high key one of my biggest internal conflicts lol 🤔 #travelnoire #valencia #spain