Florida designer goes viral with cat videos

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ORLANDO, Florida. – Lorena Pages went from working in the fashion design industry to becoming a full-time social media content creator – using her cats to create funny videos. She also uses her Hispanic heritage to give her content an extra twist and laugh.

“My main concern is the accent, the misunderstandings, everything that we feel when we move to another country,” Pages said. “All these borders and barriers, I turn them into something humorous.”

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Pages is known for her humor and funny voices on social media. Her cat, Tokyo, is the star of many of her videos. In 2019, the Venezuelan ventured into the world of social media, first as a hobby, she said.

“I’ve always enjoyed creating comedy content for myself and my friends; I was a little shy about posting it online,” she said. “I decided to give it a try and see if anyone liked it; I wasn’t sure anyone would but…”

To her surprise, Lorena’s humor piqued the interest of social media users.

“During quarantine I was hanging out with my cats a lot so I felt like they had a lot to say so I started giving them voices or sharing their opinions or what I thought their opinions were, and then people started using those audios,” she said.

She recalled during quarantine, wardrobes were put on hold for many and that’s how one of her most used audios came to life being used by thousands. One user got millions of views with it.

“For a moment I thought, ‘Oh, maybe this could be some exciting viral audio from Tik Tok. I didn’t think it would be like a World Cup,” she recalls.

Lorena’s comedic talent dates back to her childhood.

“I grew up with a mother who was always kind of – tried to laugh at everything – like everything, even if we had problems, that was the way we liked to deal with everything,” he said. she stated.

When Lorena was 7, she moved with her family from Venezuela to South Florida and started making videos with a friend.

“It was fun for both of us to see the cultural differences, our language barriers and our customs,” she said. “We started making videos together because I had this language barrier, so we laughed a lot.”

Despite having global exposure, with more than 1.3 million followers on Tik Tok and 241,000 on Instagram, Lorena said her loved ones keep her grounded.

“My family of course and my friends and also realizing that nothing really changes with, I guess, like followers or stuff like that. It’s more like it makes me happy to know that people appreciate it,” she said.

She is proud of her heritage and her ability to unite different cultures through laughter.

“I love it, I love being able to share a different culture and I have a lot of Americans who love it and they understand us better, like our perspective or our struggles, and we can all connect through humor” , she said, “I think every month is Hispanic Heritage Month for me, right? Because I live it every day.

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