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‘Oh Hell, I’m Not A Gymnast. I Can’t Do That!’ Tia Mowry Talks Brown-Girl Yoga, Getting Her Body Back, And Being An Auntie
We grew up adoring cuties Tia and Tamera Mowry with their fun ’90s style and sisterly antics on the hit comedy, Sister, Sister. And now, they’ve invited us on their journey through motherhood with their new lifestyle site, TiaAndTameraOfficial.com, which is just as popular as their hit reality TV show, Tia & Tamera on Style. They’ve created an interactive community to reach out directly to their fans, as they share lifestyle tips, beauty and fashion picks, and of course photos of those adorable babies, Cree and Aden!
We recently got to chat with Tia, and she is one busy mama! She filled us in about her new yoga DVD series, Calm Yoga and Core Yoga with Tara Stiles, and tips on how the fit mom keeps herself looking so great post- baby. Of course, she dished on her “twindividual style” and that super sweet pixie cut we love.
Check out the interview on StyleBlazer.com.
Though Dawn Richards may not be one of the top performers in the game, she certainly has had the most successful run as a solo artist of any former group member Diddy put his hands on. Lately, she’s been putting out music videos and new tracks on a consistent basis, holding to her mantra of repping for the brown girls, and in an interview with Carlton Jordan, she spoke about why that representation is so necessary and the type of hatred she’s received not only from industry insiders but also comments on blogs that criticize her for her look and why she’ll never make it big because of it. Here’s some of what she had to say:
I’m repping for the girls who, because of the way we look, were told we couldn’t reach a certain status. That we’re not it. I always say I represent for the brown girls because when you think of a sex symbol and a huge artist, most of the time it isn’t the brown, darker girl. And I’m not dark or even a chocolate girl, but there should be more because there is no color to greatness.
Everybody has their own story…I just know what my journey has been so I only speak on it from what I know and I do know it was a difficult road being this color and having the edge that I have— short hair, the body—it’s different. It isn’t your idea of pretty for people and it’s uncomfortable for them and I like it. I would like to represent for those girls who people say no, you can’t be edgy, and brown, and have a new sound and make it big.
I don’t think people meant it to be mean but when something is different and doesn’t look like your ideal beauty…if they keep being told an idea of pretty is one thing, they’ll believe that pretty and cute Hot is one thing but if you push the line of showing them what that is, those things start to change. That’s what I was going to aim to do because there are a lot of girls who look like me who want to be in this industry but think they probably won’t make it because she’s considered ugly and that’s just not the case.
We sometimes get stuck thinking we’re in the minority when we’re in the minority. The idea of beauty is only 2 percent of people.
Now I know some of you may be thinking her music is more of the problem than her skin tone but there is likely a lot of truth to her story, even just from a marketing perspective. When you look at some of the thrash or even just eccentric music that gets pushed in the business today, with the right machine behind her, Dawn probably could make it big, but as we know marketability as an artist is about 90 percent looks and 10 percent talent and for a brown girl with an edgy, unconventional look as she said, it no doubt makes her climb that much harder.
Check out Dawn’s two-part interview here where she also talks about people calling her ugly, untalented, and even wishing she would die on blogs. What do you think about her perspective?
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