Last week I was able to catch up with WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars’ Tangela Smith during her first week of training camp. Standing at a beautiful 6’3” she answered my questions about being tall, tall fashion, and what she’s been up to. Sorry sports junkies, I didn’t ask any sports related questions. After you read the interview I encourage you to read more about her at any of these online locations:
WNBA Stats Page Silver Stars Trade for Tangela Smith With 3-pointer, Fever’s Smith can do it all Tangela Smith: The Silent Assassin Tangela Smith: The WNBA’s New Ironwoman
What is your non-profit organization T.R.I.O. about and how can young female athletes sign-up?
T.R.I.O (The Responsibility is Ours) is being formed by myself and another female athlete (track star). Together we would like to provide an extensive mentoring program designed specifically for young ladies who share the desire to obtain an athletic scholarship. We will take the time to educate them as young women and prepare them for life as student athletes and professionals. Our website is in the process of launching really soon and this is where the young ladies will be able to sign up.
On your site you mention you have a passion for modeling. What would be your dream modeling job?
I’ve always wanted to model since I was a child. Since I’ve been playing basketball I haven’t had the chance to pursue this career like I really wanted to. I have done some things here and there but if I could I would just like to maybe do some commercial work with anyone who is interested in helping tall women find the right clothing and shoes. There use to not be a lot of sites for tall women to buy clothing and shoes, but now there are a few and I would like to model for those companies. I have always had a passion for doing runway as well.
Where do you purchase tall clothing that matches your style? What is your most challenging fashion find?
I mainly find all of my clothing and shoe needs online. For jeans I shop at longtallsally.com, alloy.com, heightgoddess.com. For shoes I shop at barefootess.com and nordstrom.com. I wear a size 12 in women’s shoes and although now there are a lot of places to go to find big sizes, they don’t always have the cutest styles. My dream is to start a jean line for tall women and also a shoe line.
Most annoying tall question asked by a stranger? Your typical response?
People still ask me “how’s the weather up there”. I don’t usually respond. lol
Favorite shoe find?
Right now I’m in love with Toms shoes and I’m very excited that they come in a size 12. I also love wearing heels to make me even taller.
You recently had several rooms in your house redesigned [Riles Staging and Realty]. I’m sure there were a few items that were specifically chosen to accommodate your height. Any favorites?
I love my new couch for my sitting room. It’s long and has deep cushions. Very comfy. That’s absolutely my favorite out of all the items. I also have a high dining room table that accommodates my height great!!
Advise to tall teens and others that may be struggling with embracing their height?
I would just tell teenagers that may be struggling with their height to just embrace it and walk with confidence because their is nothing you can do to change it. Tall is beautiful and sexy but you have to own it!!! There is another great website to go to learn about all your tall fashion needs and the website is called tallswag.com. It’s awesome.