Sisterhood Love: Pagnia Xiong
Having sisterhood is the foundation of my success and my well-being.
When your heart is broken. When you need to brainstorm ideas for a project. When you need someone to talk to after a tough day. When you need a girl's night out, Pagnia is the person to call. As the first born daughter, she's like the older sister that I wished I had.
I would like you to meet my sister, Pagnia Xiong, a Hmong American Female Music Artist, Performer, Producer, & Speaker.
What do you think of when you hear sisterhood? What does sisterhood mean to you?
PAGNIA: Women. Wisdom. Undying support. Rock-hard love. Trials & triumph. Warriors.
Having sisterhood is the foundation of my success and my well-being. The first and closest one to my heart consists of my biological sisters: Nancy, Pa Kou, Pa Chia, and Pader. I am incredibly fortunate. Incredibly.
This is the sisterhood I wished all women had in their lives. I wouldn’t be the music artist that I am today had it not been for my sisters. We each have a set of tools and talents that enhances each other’s inner strengths and abilities, and we put those tools to use and give those talents to each other, with no hesitation or expectations. Often, we believe in each other more than we believe in ourselves. We are each other’s rocks and soft places to land. We highlight each other’s successes with celebration, and dissect each other’s failures with thought. This sisterhood is the living, breathing, around-the-clock cheer squad that makes life sweeter. I love sisterhood so much.
Greatest memories of you and your sisters? Why?
PAGNIA: One of the greatest memories with my four sisters is our first sister retreat. During a beautiful spring week, we all flew into sunny California, enjoyed a private multi-day retreat in a beautiful home that felt like Bali, devoured homemade meals on the rain tree patio, laughed at each other’s quirks (well, mainly Nancy’s and Pa Chia’s), and most importantly, brewed up the next, exciting chapter in our lives through hours of reflection, rejuvenation, and reconstruction. It was the deep, pure cleanse we all needed to create and live greater lives once we returned back to our individual homes across the nation.
"Every single time I see this photo, I feel at home. We are all so unique, wearing different colors and clothing, as we are in personalities."
What is your most favorite photo of your sisters? Why?
PAGNIA: Every single time I see this photo, I feel at home. We are all so unique, wearing different colors and clothing, as we are in personalities. However, when we are together, it’s one of the most beautiful sights to me. We are one, cohesive group of women - a sisterhood - that when one of us is not in sight, we are asked by friends and family where she is. Without one of us, it’s an incomplete picture. Others see it, and so do we. I love this photo of us, because it reminds me that we belong to each other, and together as one sisterhood, we are stronger.