It was a pleasure to interview Tinita Coulter a designer for plus size women. I can see her designs on and off the runway. Tinita is very passionate about her craft and strives to make every plus size woman feel fabulous in her clothing line. Here is her interview.
Jchell: Where are you from?
Tinita: I was born in Columbus, GA but raised in Chattanooga, TN.
Jchell: Where did you attend high school/college?
Tinita: I started my continued education at Alabama A&M University and gained my degree at Tennessee State University.
Jchell: What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
Tinita: I love traveling. Also, I love the game of spades. I play a round everyday. (Don’t judge me..lol)
Jchell: How long have you been designing clothes for plus size women?
Tinita: I have been designing clothes for plus size women on and off since 2002. I officially went into business in 2013.
Jchell: What was it like starting out as a designer?
Tinita: Starting out...I was scared. I would always think that my designs were not good enough. I quickly learned to be confident and secure in my work. Also reaching the right clientele can be challenging. However, I continue to let my work speak for itself and that attracts the right people.
Jchell: Who or what inspired you to start Linka Exclusive?
Tinita: I used to watch my mother sew garments for others when I was younger. So, that caught my attention in the sewing field. Growing up, I used to dream of making clothes that fit my body and were appealing. Therefore, the idea of Linka Exclusive was revealed to me during my younger days.
Jchell: Have you participated in any fashion shows?
Tinita: I started participating in fashion shows back in 2013. I continue to showcase my designs to gain exposure. You can find me in fashion shows from the mid west to the east coast this summer and fall.
Jchell: What are your favorite fashion trends you love?
Tinita: I have fallen in love with flowing fabrics and vibrant colors. I also love the current recycling trend of cut off denim shorts.
Jchell: Knowing what you know, what advice would you give to other designers trying to establish themselves?
Tinita: My advice would be that if you are truly passionate about what you do and believe in yourself…..KEEP PUSHING! It will take time to get there.
Jchell: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Tinita: Stay true to who you are and what you believe. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and ask questions. #livewhileliving
You can connect with Tinita Coulter on the following social media outlets:
Twitter: linka exclusive
Facebook fan page: Jchell Plus Size Model On Deck