WAGS’ Tia Shipman Exclusive Interview Part II: Body Image, Trust Issues & Black Girl Power!By Tsadiqwah | September 28, 2016 | Entertainment
Tsadiqwah here. Once again I chat with WAGS‘ newest star Tia Shipman, and the conversation got real. We talked about the secret of staying sane when a million Insta-thots are trying to DM your man. We also discussed America’s troubling race issues, and why we need to keep empowering our youth. Yes, Tia wants to make change in the world!
With you traveling and your BF Greg traveling, how do you keep the trust? There’s tons of women fans out there; I’m thinking in my mind I don’t know if I would be going crazy or what!
It’s very interesting, we’ve know each other since middle school and we know each other really well. We haven’t been dating for that long but we’ve known each other for that long. When you’ve known someone that long and really become friends first, the trust is already there. I’m not going to say we’re perfect but the trust is definitely there.
As a model, you’re used to showing your skin a lot–you have an amazing body, and you’re beautiful. There’s this one photo you have on Instagram where you’re embracing your flaws, but yet there’s so many woman who are surgically altering their looks and some are even dying on the operating table. why is important for you as a model and woman of color to be comfortable in your own skin?
That’s something my parents have proven and so I think it’s something I try to hold really close and dear to me, where you have to be really comfortable with who you are and just know that you’re good enough. I do think social media really plays a part, pretty much with people feeling like they’re not really good enough, or they should look this way as opposed to just being really happy with being whoever they are, whether they are really thick or really skinny.
Lately, there’s been trending news concerning police brutality, racial profiling and social inequality in America. How do you think being on a huge show like WAGS allowed you to let your voice be heard?
We’re literally living in a time back when my parents were younger and my parents are in their seventies now. I feel like we need to come together and stick together but for whatever reason nothing is happening, no one is doing anything. I’m definitely in a different head space for sure right now. I don’t even want to drive my car because it’s not just about the men, it’s about the young kids who are watching. It just sends a message that we need protection from the police when they’re the ones who are supposed to be protecting us.
When you hear the words “black girl magic,” what do you think?
Honestly, it gets me excited because we do have magic! I’m glad people are finally noticing! Hello?! It’s really empowering for little girls to know this.
With all of your achievements is there anything else that you want to do that you haven’t done so far?
I would say this, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans!” It’s not so much saying that your dreams won’t come true but it’s just one of the things where I’m just going with the flow, in this entire process and with my life. I’m just really trying to live my life and wherever the wind blows that’s where it goes. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have dreams, or plans or goals or any of those things because I think that we all do, but in this moment I’m just really trying to stay as present as I can because that’s going to take me so much further than trying to look for the next best thing. I’m on this reality show and I’m doing that right now and we’ll see where that goes and what happens from there.
Tia just finished her first season of WAGS.