Style Aha Moment: Tia & Tamera on Discovering Fashion in Italy
Tamera: It all started when I took a summer course in Florence, Italy. It was there that I was able to be my own person. I grew up as a woman. I was 22. I was a late bloomer. Growing up in front of the world, my sister and I were sheltered on set. My mom really sheltered us as well. When I was able to leave the United States and be on my own and experience love, food, wine and everything for the first time, I kind of came into my own. That's when my eyes opened, especially being in Italy—there's so much fashion there! Women walk down the cobblestone streets in heels! They were always on point! It didn't matter if they were going to a café, lunch, work or to a club, the women always looked fabulous! I was really influenced by them.
Tia: I developed style when I went to Italy. I don't know if my sister's and my story are sounding alike. (Yes!) I knew this was going to happen! Let's say Europe. My first trip was to London. I remember walking into Harrods and just looking at all of the clothes. My mouth just dropped! I remember buying a pair of leather pants for the first time. That was the first time I told myself, I am going to spend some money on some clothes! I remember I bought this dressy silk blazer that went past my knees. I bought these boots that went all the way up to my knees. I was like, Oh my God! This is cool! I get to have my own form of expression. That was when Tamera and I started dressing differently, too. I think that was the first time I was aware of beautiful clothes. Then, I went to Italy. I lived in Italy for two months. I remember buying leather there for the first time—a leather wallet, leather belt. Everything seemed so advanced. I would go into stores and say, I don't remember seeing this in L.A. People would tell me, "Fashion starts here. Then, it goes to London. Then, it goes to New York. Then it goes to L.A." I had packed very comfortable clothes, like sneakers and jeans, but I would see these girls walk down the streets on cobblestone in pencil skirts, high heels and with their hair pulled back into ponytails. They were just freaking stylish! I was like, Oh! You don't have to be in jeans every day. You can dress up and be stunning just walking down the street. That was the first time I thought, Oh, wow! I want to be that too!
Keep coming back to myStyle these next couple weeks to learn more about the twins' current style—and make sure you catch the Season 2 premiere of their hir Style show Tia & Tamera Monday, June 11, at 8/7c.