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Life & Work with Tanzania Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanzania Brown.

Hi Tanzania, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Funny thing is, I wanted to be a model as a child but after being told because of my looks that I should not pursue it, I gave up the thought. Many years later, about four years ago, I was given the opportunity to walk in a showcase for two designers who needed a plus-size model. I walked the runway and that day literally changed my life. I was able to network and meet many others in this industry: i.e., other models, photographers, designers, videographers, and MUA’s. Since then, I’ve been working hard only to move up. Today I feel blessed and grateful to not only be a signed model, but I’ve worked with major brands, I’ve been on a billboard, and have been able to make the old me proud and inspire others in the process. Younger me would have never thought I’d see myself here today.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has and will continue to have its difficulties. Every casting has their criteria. Being plus size already makes it hard to find work. Besides that age, skin tone, height, everything comes into play. Work is not always as consistent as I would love, but it’s definitely gotten better. This industry is so competitive. I continue to remind myself that what’s for me will be for me. There are so many beautiful, talented creatives out here. We can all make it as long as we put in the work.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a creative. I do many things. My favorite is being a plus-size model and body-positive advocate. I feel like I am known most for this. I love doing different, artsy shoots and videos that apply pressure and step out of the norm for what some feel may be too “out of the box” for a plus-size woman like myself. I love showing that women regardless of size can feel beautiful/ sexy in anything they wear. I get messages from women around the world who say that I inspire them to wear things like lingerie, two piece bikinis, and even crop tops. This makes me most proud. The fact that I can make a difference in someone’s life makes me happy with myself and all that I do. Outside of modeling and advocacy, I love dancing, singing, drawing, and decorating.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My advice would be to treat yourself as a brand. Put yourself out there in the way you want to be seen as. If you are looking to model, be creative. Think outside of that box. Find inspiration, and make it bigger. Make a business page and network by going to many networking events, fashion shows, etc.

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1st image: Malani Wildflower Lovings 2nd image: Akina Clark 3rd image: Fitz Entertainment 4th & 5th Image: John Aongo

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