‘Girl With Curves’ Blogger Tanesha Awasthi: “Stay True To Yourself”
This girl with curves is causing major waves at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
Six months ago, Tanesha Awasthi was a 9-to-5’er with a Nikon camera and a chic wardrobe. Now, this modest blogger will be doing her best to convince designers that curvy girls matter during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
After competing with other bloggers, Tanesha’s fashion blog, Girl with Curves, was chosen by Tumblr to represent them at fashion week. On her road to putting curvy girls on the fashion map, the mixed beauty chatted with Betty Confidential about blogging, fashion and life.
What initiated your fashion love affair?
All of my life, I loved fashion and I had fun getting dressed. Even as a child, I always wanted to wear dresses and shoes. I actually learned it from my Grandma. She used to always get dressed with her hat and shoes.
When did you decide to begin blogging? What prompted this decision?
I work full-time in the technology field, but my educational background is in English. I graduated from UC Berkeley. Six months ago, I decided I wanted to blog, but didn’t know what I wanted to blog about.
I uploaded a few pictures to Tumblr and it was re-blogged and commented on almost 400 times. It was a perfect opportunity. I noticed that most of the comments were about being curvy. That’s how I came up with the “Girl with Curves” title.
How have you expanded your readership to all ages and sizes? It all stems from me as a person and the way I dress. I dress really modestly.
I’m the oldest of six. I always wanted to set an example. You can be trendy and fashionable without showing so much skin. My blog is appealing because girls of all ages and sizes have curves.
Since we live in a world with diverse women, what are some of the obstacles that you’ve had to face as a curvy blogger?
I guess one obstacle is that everybody wants to know what size I am. I prefer not to disclose my size because we’re all different heights and shapes. I’m five-foot-ten, so because I’m taller it makes a difference. Be the healthiest and best version of yourself no matter what size you are.
What are some of the positives and negatives of blogging for a specific demographic?
I get messages that say, “Don’t you know you need to lose weight?” I kindly press delete and move on. There are some people who don’t like to see someone not stick-thin who is stylish and promoting curves.
Since I work full-time, I don’t have a lot of time for a social life, so I really connect with my readers. My readers are getting to connect with others and are going shopping together. I get to connect women through fashion. I want women to have a healthy relationship with fashion and to feel good about their bodies.
The future of curvy girl fashion, blogging and more up next!