Tanja wears the Aaron's Silk Gown
Who are some women who have been influential in your life and your career and what is the best piece of advice you received that you can share with the #MLMGIRL?
The women that have been most influential in my career have been the agents and bookers who have really supported me and had my back since I was a teen - the women who hold it all together so that I can concentrate on the creative aspects. And of course my lovely mother who is an accountant so helps me with money stuff . Without them I would really struggle with life!
Best piece of advice I ever received? Do what you love and you’ll never feel like you’re working.
As someone who has been in the Fashion industry from a young age, what changes have you seen over the years surrounding female empowerment considering the industry is predominantly female dominated?
Gosh, the #METOO movement really shook things up within the fashion industry and I am so happy about it - when I was a young teen there was way too many sleazy photographers being given access to young models. These days, there are more stricter regulations around styling and photographs and I am here for it! I also love how women are no longer dismissed on their opinions - if something is wrong, you can speak out about it and you will be heard. It is such an empowering stance for young women, often alone on the other side of the world from their families .
With a strong focus on a sustainable future through a sustainable wardrobe, what is some advice you would give to the #MLMGIRL when looking out for staple, timeless pieces to fill her wardrobe?
Look out for good quality, but not necessarily always timeless pieces. I find that sometimes it’s the OTT on trend pieces that I end up keeping in my storage boxes. They may go out of style quickly, but 5 or 10 years later, they are back in fashion and then I have perfect looks that no one has anymore. That’s why I think the “ if you don’t wear it in a year, you should throw it out” adage is wrong. In fact, I don’t wear half the things I own every year, but I do have it on hand for when I need them.
I always try to choose amazing staples - a perfect crisp shirt, leather leggings, jeans, suit jacket, cashmere sweater, t-shirts - these are the building blocks of my wardrobe so I always choose great quality and natural materials, then look after and store them really well. I think people don’t appreciate that looking after and storing items properly insures that you will be able to enjoy items for many years to come.
I am also obsessed with buying vintage, which has a 0 carbon footprint. I have fun trawling, it makes me feel like I am exploring the past and then I have pieces no one else has!
Tanja wears the Essence Short in Mercury Zebra