Currently being managed by Famous Talent Management in NYC, Tanisha has cruised catwalks for over 10 years, appearing at major fashion events like Uptown Fashion Week (NYC), Styleweek (Rhode Island), Plitz Fashion Week (NYC), Fashion on the Hudson (NYC), and Curvy Fashion Week (NYC). She has also done runway, print, and editorial work for brands such as Kaci Taylor, Eyani Couture, En.V, Pink Sorbie, Serita Bell, Rue 114, Johntine’s Boutique, Jon Marc, Ashley Stewart, Omoyeni Accessories, 710 Fashions, Ivory and Main bridal boutique, and Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique.
She has appeared in various media outlets like the covers of Vindictive and Boss of You, Selin Magazine, Prestige Models Magazine, Blush Magazine, and Queen Size Magazine, as well as many photo projects. Most notable of all was the “I Choose Me” Project by Bruna Lacerda Photography, which was featured during a first-of-its-kind photography exhibition in Hoboken, NJ, exploring “the shifting discourse surrounding the woman and their relation to the body, emphasizing that your attitudes towards your own beauty is key to being confident. The purpose was to reflect on the effects of judgements and opinions of others on your own happiness, especially when you ignore them to genuinely become what you truly are.” – Bruna Lacerda. Part of the proceeds from the I Choose Me exhibition were donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
When she is not modeling, you can find Tanisha behind the scenes as a backstage dresser, model coordinator, or participating in panel discussions, especially about PCOS advocacy.
We had the amazing opportunity of sitting down Tanisha to discuss her inspiration for becoming a plus size model and her dedication to encouraging women to be proud in their body.
1. Take us back to the beginning. When did you first realize you had an interest in fashion and modeling?
I would call myself somewhat of a late bloomer. I didn’t get interested in fashion and modeling until college. I was very uncomfortable in my body throughout my school years leading all the way up until high school. I started to embrace myself wholly when I started my undergrad degree and seeing Toccarra Jones on ANTM was life affirming for me. I didn’t see many women who looked like me in the media and I wanted to change that.
2. Let’s reflect on your first show. What was it like walking down the runway for the very first time?
Oh, you’re taking me back so it’s like 2009/2010. My friend was a straight size model at the time, and she helped me get cast for my first Fashion Show. It was a local show called Streams of Allure Xquis’te, and it was an annual show so most of the models knew each other and here I was a newcomer. We had a lot of rehearsals before the show, but I didn’t mind it because this was my first time receiving any type of runway model coaching. When the time came to rip the runway, I was a bundle of nerves, but I was ready! I was so focused on not falling that I just wanted to get it over with so I may have rushed my way down the runway a bit. Lol!
With 10 years of catwalk experience, what has been your greatest lesson thus far?
With over a decade on the catwalk, my greatest lesson has been the power of self-confidence. I’ve come to understand that owning my uniqueness not only enhances my performance but can also inspire others. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people, especially in such a competitive industry, but the key is to embrace your own strengths and qualities. Every step down the runway is an opportunity to showcase not just the clothes, but also the story and confidence that I bring to them. This journey has taught me that true beauty radiates from within.
You have appeared in media outlets all over the world. What message has stood firm throughout your career?
That beauty knows no size! My mission has been to challenge societal norms, break down stereotypes, and promote body positivity and self-acceptance. Every photoshoot, fashion show, television appearance, and book cover has been an opportunity to celebrate diversity and showcase that confidence and elegance are not restricted to societal norms. Through my body of work, I’ve aimed to inspire others to embrace their uniqueness and define their own standards of beauty.
What can your supporters expect from you next? Where do you see your platform in the next 2-3 years?
You can expect more diverse collaborations with fashion brands, designers, and other creatives from me next. I’ll be more involved in advocacy for body positivity and representation in the industry along with more PCOS awareness. I see my platform expanding beyond modeling and creating more lifestyle, travel, hair, and beauty content as a micro influencer. I’ll be attending and participating in more high-profile industry events. Along with some educational initiatives like workshops, seminars, or courses revolving around modeling, body positivity, and your self-esteem.
What is your definition of “a Pretty Woman Who Hustles”?
“A Pretty Woman Who Hustles” combines both her outer and inner beauty while challenging traditional stereotypes. She’s ambitious, determined, and relentless in pursuance of her goals.
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