Friday’s are always exciting but the icing on the cake is giving you an exclusive behind the scenes interview with real life supershero. If you missed what this wonder woman series is all about click here for an update. Without further ado, I give you one of the world’s most influential fashion icons, and our Wonder Woman of the week, Tanesha Awasthi AKA Girl With Curves!
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Tanesha’s award-winning site provides outfit inspiration, beauty tutorials, styling tips, and a glimpse into her lifestyle as a wife, mother and top fashion influencer. She is the first digital influencer in the world to break fashion’s size barrier, working with brands in both the straight and plus size space as a stylist, model, consultant and creative director. In addition, Tanesha earned a English degree from UC Berkley and is a licensed Esthetician
Tanesha: It was sort of an accident! After my tech nerd husband talked me into it, he set a google alert for my name and posted some images of me on flickr. Two weeks later I got a google alert showing links to my images being reposted over 400 times on tumblr, and the majority of comments referred to me being a “curvy girl,” so right then and there I started Girl With Curves. It’s also a way for me to claim my own label referring to my body, without allowing others to label me according to their perception. I’ve always identified with having a curvy shape, no matter what size I wear.
WCW: When or how did you become aware of your entrepreneurial spirit?
Tanesha: I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My mother and father are both self-employed with their own individual businesses and I always wanted my own business from a young age. I started importing and wholesaling jewelry from Indonesia and India in my early twenties.
WCW: Name 3 things on your bucket-list.
Tanesha: Traveling the world, learning all my mother-in-law’s recipes – she’s an amazing cook (and she makes the best chicken, although she’s a strict vegetarian), and living bi-coastal.
WCW: How do you unwind?
Tanesha: I walk my 3 yr old English bulldog, Kingston. He’s my first baby (before actually having my son, Narayan) and I don’t know what I’d do without him! I also love movies. They take me out of my own head, which is a good thing, since my mind never rests.
WCW: What’s your favorite movie or television show?
Tanesha: My favorite movie is What Dreams May Come, and anything inspired by Shakespeare. The only shows I watch are The Walking Dead (the concept of the world ending/being taken over by zombies fascinates me), Rachel Zoe anything (the woman is talented!), and Mickey Mouse clubhouse, because my son is obsessed.
WCW: Name your favorite place to shop online and in store.
Tanesha: Asos (online), and any mall that I get to visit is a special treat because I rarely shop anywhere besides online, including groceries and household items.
WCW: Who are your biggest supporters?
Tanesha: My husband is my number one supporter, he’s also my business partner. After that, my parents.
WCW: What’s your favorite fragrance?
Tanesha: Chanel Chance, Burberry Signature scent, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
WCW: Where are you from originally?
Tanesha: California girl, born and raised.
WCW: Tell us about your favorite vacation or adventure.
WCW: What is your greatest professional and personal achievement thus far?
Tanesha: My greatest achievement is doing everything i set out to do from a very young age. My goal was to help women, be a writer and a fashion designer. In a way I’m doing all three through blogging, and I’m extremely greatful for being able to do what I love for a living. It comes with a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but it’s all worth it when your job doesn’t feel like work.
WCW: Describe your best practices for organization and balance.
Tanesha: I keep lots of to-do lists and notes. I’m constantly coming across things that inspire me or getting random ideas throughout the day, so taking note of everything that comes to mind is important.
WCW: Name one item you can’t live without.
WCW: What’s your favorite quote?
Tanesha: A dress should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady (something like that) -Sophia Loren.
Not sure where to start? Click here to view Tanesha’s favorite blog post!