WAGS’ TIA SHIPMAN Exclusive Interview Part I: Modeling, Men and Maintaining Your Virtue!By Tsadiqwah | September 27, 2016 | Entertainment
Tsadiqwah here. You’re Brooklyn Bound-turned-Atlanta Gal! Loving my new southern hometown!
Before the big move, I had the chance to chat with Tia Shipman, the newest cast member of E! reality show WAGS. Don’t let the dazzling smile and beauty of this goddess fool you; there is more than what meets the eye. Tia says strength and confidence is where her reality meets both on and off the screen!
In this exclusive two-part interview, the┬áDC bombshell tells DivaGalsDaily what it’s like to date NFL Redskins corner back and childhood sweetheart Greg Toler, while still being able to enjoy the perks of Megan Good’s “The Wait.” In past episodes,┬áthe Ford model and actress (Ugly Betty, Project Runway, Grandfathered) has opened┬áup about fantasy role play in the bedroom and why “pegging” may be a more interesting concept for some. Candid and completely, she says, “I have no regrets. This is my real life and it’s not perfect.” Here, we discuss how being on a reality series has changed her … for the better.
When the option came along to be a star of a reality TV series, did you jump at the idea?
The thing is I’ve always wanted to be on TV, and so I figured this would a great opportunity to step out of my shell and do something that makes me a little nervous, and so I think I was able to accomplish still staying a little private but being public at the same time. (laughs)
Well, good! We wanted to see more of that public side.
Oh yeah, you saw all types of sides of me! Umm … like I was definitely drinking. Not a lot but I do like to drink and some of the things that the girls are into and that they do it sort of caused me to drink a little but more because I was like, “Wait a minute, I can’t believe they just said that, I need a drink!”
Did you always want to be a model too?
Not initially. I started when I was in school and then I figured this could be really cool. I get to travel all over the world. I can go to New York, then I can go to Europe and Asia. So for me the traveling was more of my thing.
How do you think your experiences with life, love and career prepped you for the moment of┬áexposing it all on TV?
Tia: I don’t think there’s anything that can prepare you for that!┬áModeling has given me a thicker skin but I don’t think there’s anything that prepares you for this. You sort of have to just jump off the bridge and just let it all go.
The┬áshow is based primarily based around your role as a girlfriend or wife to these highly successful, sports athletes, and we got to meet your boo thang right in the first episode.
You guys already know him!┬áHis name is Greg Toler. He plays for the Washington Redskins and he’s a quarterback. He’s been in the league for about nine years.
How real was your┬áexperience that we saw on screen?
Our show stayed┬ágenuine. What you was┬áis exactly what you got. We did┬áhave disagreements, but we’re not fighting, we’re not actually throwing up our hands and hitting each other. That’s definitely not what we stand for and we’re also really, really good friends. It’s just one of those things where we’re friends but we have disagreements and it just so happens that everyone gets to see it. But we makeup and we do tons of great things together: we go on trips, we drink, we party, but at the same time you got┬áto see us with our men and see some of that drama.
Who did you bond most with on the show and became your favorite gal pal?
I came in being closer with Nicole on the show because I knew her through modeling, but I would say I really got close with Autumn. She’s an absolute sweetheart; she has twins, she’s married and she started her own blog. We both really have a lot going on and I love how she juggles it all and she’s super sweet at the same time.
What did you get out of your first season of┬áWAGS?
It’s very interesting for me because I learned that I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was. Going through this experience has made me stronger in my personal life. This entire experience has been very therapeutic for me because I’m very private and it this was one of the hardest things I’ve done with sharing my life with the public.
Tune in tomorrow for Part II of our exclusive interview with Tia!