Badass Queen #7: Taijza Tate


An east coast girl to now a west coast girl, Taizja's effervescent energy is what I love most about her.  She has the kindest soul you'll ever meet, never has anything bad to say about anybody and courageous as hell. She has such a beautiful smile that will brighten anyone's day and has a cool ass fashion job in LA dealing with the production of high-end runway shows. 

1. Name, nickname: Taizja Marie Tate/T, Tai

2. Instagram: @taizjamarie

3. Song that bolsters your self-confidence: "Grown Woman" by Beyoncé, "Everything I Am" by Kanye West, and "So ambitious" by Jay Z Ft. Pharrell.

4. Who do you aspire to be?: I aspire to be a multifaceted, highly successful version of myself, achieving every dream, while living a fulfilled, purposeful life.

5. Occupation: Freelance Fashion Show Production Assistant/Creative Consultant/Entrepreneur. 

6. What motivates you when you're not inspired?: Reflecting on all the obstacles and events that I’ve fought through to allow to be where I am. I feel it’s important to remind myself of the beauty in the struggle, and the gift of progression. Each time it motivates me to push harder.

7. What empowers you as a woman to push through every day obstacles?: The strength I’ve inherited from the phenomenal women in my life. I think of the all the sacrifices my Grandmother made and obstacles she faced coming to this country in search of a better life, to my Great Grandmother having been born into and surviving slavery, or my Mom beating Breast Cancer. Knowing each day that I’m a product of these courageous women, their sacrifices and the power of God, is empowering and reminds me how privileged and blessed I am to live this life as a strong Black Woman. Most importantly it helps me realize that I’m strong enough and have the ability to make it through any and every obstacle.

8. Advice to young girls who want to be a leader?: You are smart, you are important, your voice matters, and your ideas are relevant. Your existence is a gift, don’t cheat yourself, and the world of your contributions give it your all and don’t let anyone or anything stop you!

9. What advice would you give yourself at a young age?: I’ve always been an over achiever from a very young age holding myself to impossible standards stressing myself out in search of what it truly means to be successful. I’ve learned that the greatest measure of success is happiness. Some advice I would give to my younger self is trust yourself, pursue every dream that scares you, live in the moment, and love yourself.

10. Fave book?: The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

11. A quote that inspires you to be amazing?:

 “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”

-Oprah Winfrey.