Krista K

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Krista Kleiner
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Krista Eileen Arrieta Kleiner
(1989-06-12) June 12, 1989 (age 25)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Hometown Manila, Philippines
Occupation Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Beauty Queen
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Title(s) Miss Philippines International 2010
Major
competition(s)
Binibining Pilipinas 2010
(Winner)
Miss International 2010
(Top 15)

Krista Eileen Arrieta Kleiner (born June 12), in Orange County, California), also known as Krista K, is an American-Filipino entertainer and entrepreneur of English, German, Spanish, Scottish, Finish and Chinese descent.

Background[edit]

Since the age of 7, Krista Kleiner has been performing both on and off the stage. Having enrolled in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, and ballet classes at such a young age, Krista soon found herself successfully competing in Latin ballroom styles (Pasodoble, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, and Jive). Later, she became a runway model. Kleiner started to slowly learn the ropes of the entertainment industry that she would soon call home.

At 18, she secured her first major contract with the top TV network in the Philippines. Having just begun her college education at the University of California in San Diego, the difficult choice between an education in the classroom or an education in the real world would present itself. In a leap of faith, Kleiner would uproot herself from California for an experience that was supposed to last but only a few months, but in fact lasted four years.

Over the course of her years in the Philippines, Kleiner co-hosted a primetime game show out of the gate. Her unique look and playful personality mixed with her uncanny ability to speak the native Tagalog language made her an instant hit with the Filipino audiences. This instant connection with her Philippine fans catapulted her to her next gig--a lead role in the primetime equivalent of Spiderman in the Philippines. Through this role she was able to display a new comedic side to her character as well as her ability to perform in action sequences by leveraging her black belt in Tae Know Do (along with highly dangerous nun chuck skills that she would take with her on another show Darna [Wonderwoman in the Philippines]). Her rising star power didn’t stop there. Successful showings while hosting lifestyle shows, daytime shows, and the number one variety show in the Philippines turned one-off spots into regular appearances, which continued to bring her into the hearts and minds of her loyal Philippine fans.

Truly immersing and assimilating herself into the Philippine culture created a sense of pride in her country that she could not ignore. That pride turned into a sense of obligation to be the best representative of a beautiful Filipino culture, so she joined the Binibining Pilipinas competition in 2010 (Miss Philippines). She was fortunate enough to qualify to compete and not only took awards for “Best in Swim Suit” and “Best in Talent” but also took home the crown as Miss Philippines International 2010. [1]

This level of visibility as an official representative of the country, caught the attention of many more including the likes of the legendary Julio Iglesias. She was personally asked by Julio to join him on his world tour as a special guest performer that would sing and dance before sell-out crowds in the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, and even back in her own native United States. The wealth of knowledge and experience she learned training with one of the best in the music business had turned a light switch on forever. She had found her true passion in musical performance and writing. [2]

Being no stranger to taking dreams into her own hands, Krista self-produced her debut album entitled Feels So Good. As if spearheading her own 14-track album wasn’t enough, she represented herself to labels and successfully convinced them to sign distribution deals for her project (Universal Records in the Philippines and Warner Music Group in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei). [3] [4]

While performing her music at festivals internationally, she was fortunate enough to share the stage with one of her childhood idols, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas. In true Krista fashion, she grew in her relationship with Taboo, ultimately convincing him to mentor her in her musical endeavors. This opportunity opened up a whole new world to her in which she continues to gratefully and graciously work hard to make her own mark. [5] [6]

Today[edit]

In true committed fashion, Krista is now living back in the entertainment capital of the world—Los Angeles—working with top-producers across all genres to continue to make music that serves as a vehicle to spread positive messages, such as the importance of women empowerment, that mean so much to her.

Krista also continues to excel in her performances off the stage as the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Head of Social Responsibility for the JMAS Group, a business and technology firm that focuses on entertainment-driven segments (Sports, Fashion, Food and Beverage, etc.). She handles business and relationship development with key partners/stakeholders and leads all company charitable efforts pulling from her experience as an ambassador for the Red Whistle HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines. Some of the companies for which she is directly involved are principaled by top-ranked female golfer and 2014 US Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie as well as world-class surgeon Dr. James Chao (physician to the San Diego Chargers, ESPN X-Games, and many other notable elite athletes). Krista enjoys her ability to connect the dots in her experience as an international entertainer with the dots of the future through the innovative consumer products and disruptive technologies that she and her partners at JMAS are creating for the betterment of society.



Recent bookings include: We Love Asia (with Pitbull & DJ Antoinne), 1 World Music Festival (with Snoop Dogg, Moby, Far East Movement etc.), and Warrior concert with Kesha.[7] [8]


Fun Facts[edit]

- Krista has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do - Skills include use of double nunchucks - She used to compete in swimming and is a multi-medalist breaking a record for breast stroke when she was 8 - Krista played tennis tournaments as a kid and at the age of 7 took home a first place trophy - Her first ballroom dancing competition was at the age of 9 - The first instrument she learned to play was the piano at the age of 7 taking private classes for 2 years - Krista was published in an educational book entitled The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations at the age of 16

Personal life[edit]

On 4 November 2013, Krista married the Australian internet and new media entrepreneur Patrick Grove.

Appearances[edit]

date event location
October 24, 2013 Opening Performance for Ke$ha Warrior Tour Malaysia
September 30, 2013 Hosting for Bodog Manila, Philippines
September 21, 2013 One World Music Festival Singapore
September 20, 2013 Performance with Taboo at Amber Lounge Singapore Grand Prix Party Singapore
September 6, 2013 Performance at the We Love Asia Music Festival with DJ Bento KL, Malaysia
July 19, 2013 Special performance at Ku De Ta Singapore Singapore
June 29, 2013 Special performance with DJ Bento at Chivas Chivalry Event KL, Malaysia
June 28, 2013 Performance with DJ Irwan at Zouk KL KL, Malaysia
June 1, 2013 Live performance on Wowowillie MNL, Philippines
May 30, 2013 guest on GMA 7's Kusina Master MNL, Philippines
May 30, 2013 Guesting on GMA 7's The Tim Yap Show MNL, Philippines
May 7, 2013 Guesting at The Breakfast Show KL, Malaysia
April 30, 2013 KL Launch with Craig David and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas KL, Malaysia
April 2013 Signing with Universal Music Philippines MNL, Philippines
April 6, 2013 Live performance on Wowowillie MNL, Philippines
March 23, 2013 Hosted the Mercedes Benz F1 Event KL, Malaysia
March 12, 2013 Guesting on Magic 89.9's Boys Night Out MNL, Philippines
March 12, 2013 Live performance on Wowowillie MNL, Philippines
February 2013 Live performance on Wowowillie MNL, Philippines
February 2013 Signing with Warner Music Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
January 2013 Live performance on Wowowillie's launch MNL, Philippines
December 2012 Host of Seven for All Man Kind opening Singapore
December 2012 Red Carpet Host for Screen Singapore Singapore
November 2012 Host for Awit Awards MNL, Philippines
November 2012 Guest performer for Crissa Jeans Dance Synergy MNL, Philippines
November 2012 Guest Presenter for Malaysian Music Awards Malaysia
November 2012 Host for Michael Kors opening KL, Malaysia
November 2012 Perform at SMX Mall of Asia for Private VIP corporate event MNL, Philippines
October 2012 Press Conference in Malaysia for the Malaysian Music Awards (AIM KL, Malaysia
August 2012 special guest model for the Fashion Institute graduation at Resorts World MNL, Philippines
June 2012 performed for GMA Network International Pinoy TV event NJ, USA
June 2012 performed for GMA Network International Pinoy TV event San Francisco, USA
May 2012 performed for GMA Network International Pinoy TV event Waikiki, Hawaii
April 1012 performed for GMA Network International Pinoy TV event CH, USA
March 1012 performed for GMA Network International Pinoy TV event FL, USA
March 2012 performed at Philippine Sportswriters Association's Annual Awards Night MNL, PH
March 2012 performed at event for San Miguel- Kaamulan Festival Bukidnon, PH
Feb 2012 performed at San Miguel corporate event MNL, PH
Feb 2011 guested in Valentine's concert of Christian Bautista MNL, PH
November 2010 opening performance on JayR’s concert MNL, PH
October 2010 performed at Wil Time Big Time Anniversary show @ Araneta Coliseum MNL, PH
October 2010 GMA Network International shows San Francisco, San Diego USA
August 2010 Performed for GMA International Pinoy TV even @ Filipino Kababayan Festival Orange County, USA
August 2010 Performed for GMA International Pinoy TV even @ Filipino Kababayan Festival Orange County, USA
March 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Sydney, Australia
March 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Melbourne, Australia
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Kuala Lumpus, Malaysia
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Tokyo, Japan
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Osaka, Japan
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Nagoya, Japan
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Maui, USA
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Honolulu, USA
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Toronto, Canada
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour New York, USA
April 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Indiana, USA
June 2010 guest in concert with JULIO IGLESIAS World Tour Las Vegas USA
August 2009 guest in show with JayR- duet performance MNL, PH
June 2009 Maxims June launch special performance MNL, PH

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References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Melody Gersbach
Binibining Pilipinas-International
2010
Succeeded by
Dianne Necio