amazing MAXIM cover photo shoot, Katarina, congrats. How do you feel?
I feel very honoured, thank you! I have always looked to MAXIM covers as a motivation to stay healthy and fit. Whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym, I usually go to your Instagram and right away I feel empowered to get going!
Well, you look gorgeous. When do you feel you are at your sexiest?
I feel the sexiest at the gym. Honestly! I don’t drink alcohol often or go out to clubs. However, I do like to dance and play music. For me, the gym has been a transformative place. It’s a place I can go to when I am not feeling happy and then I leave feeling like a new person. I constantly push myself, and the gym is where you see results after a lot of hard work.
Tell us a little more about yourself, your background and life story so far.
My parents are immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, what is now considered Serbia. Serbian is my first language and growing up all I knew was Serbian music. My parents moved from Yugoslavia/Serbia for a better life for their future children – I am the youngest of three. When they moved to America, they had no money and did not speak a word of English, but they both worked very hard and had all three of us work just as hard in the rentals they owned. I am thankful they instilled this strong work ethic within us — it is what drives me every day. I always push myself a bit more and I love challenging the status quo. I’m lucky to have grown up in a household that didn’t hold me back. My parents always supported me and were always quick to show us how lucky we are. I had a great balance growing up and I am very thankful for that. It’s always interesting when people ask me to tell them my “story”. I usually tell people I have lived many “lives”, which confuses them. I say it this way because everyone wants to place you in a certain box and expects certain things based upon the way you look, the age you are or what job you have. I jokingly say, “I have these different ‘lives’” just to make others feel more comfortable that I don’t fit into any of their boxes or preconceived stereotypes.
What would people be most surprised to find out about you?
I love to read. I read 100 books last year, alone — almost all were non-fiction. I am so fascinated by learning new things that I am always reading. I have always been this way, too.
Your list of academic achievements is impressive! You have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, was the president of The National Honour Society for Psychology and also earnt a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015. What made you choose psychology?
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