An Interview with Oprah’s Body Double TRUE Model Tricia
Oprah Winfrey’s body double, TRUE Model Tricia, gives us the inside scoop on what it is like to be a stand-in model, and where following her dream of becoming a model has taken her. Read more below!
When did you know you wanted to be a model?
Wow! I knew I wanted to be a model at the age of 13-years-old. After my mum sent me to finishing/modeling school to learn the importance of being polished. For example: how to enter a room with confidence, how to sit and stand properly, and how to walk in heels. When I look back on those classes, I truly thank my teacher for teaching me all of my modeling skills.
What is your favorite garment to model?
A swimsuit, because I’m very comfortable in that garment. At the same time a swimsuit can be challenging to pose in. It can be tricky to achieve the perfect angles that flatter a plus size woman’s body in a swimsuit. But, I’m always up for the challenge. After growing up in a swimsuit, it makes me feel free and relaxed.
What does a stand-in model/body double do?
A Stand-in Model/Body Double does just that, stands in. He or she helps the photographers set up the perfect shot. This procedure is actually called the pre-lighting process. This method of modeling takes place in a studio or on location. This allows the Superstars/subjects more time on their calendar, because they are very busy people. Sometimes the Star might not know how to pose for the camera. So, the stand-in model sets up the poses for the Star. On arrival to the set, every detail is already prepared for the Star by the photographer and stand-in model. When this process is complete the photographer’s photoshoot of the Star will go smoothly and quickly, all because every detail was prepared by the Stand-in.
Modeling has enabled you to meet some of your idols. Besides meeting the amazing Oprah, who else have you met?
Besides meeting and working with the inspiring Superstar, Oprah Winfrey. I have met and worked with Jessica Simpson and her mum, Miss Tina. I’ve met and worked with designer Miss Tina Knowles, aka Beyonce’s mother. I’ve also met and worked with fashion model and entrepreneur, Kimora Lee. Other notable and influential people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with include: Steve Harvey, Snoop Dog, Anthony Hamilton, Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, Ciara, Missy Elliot, and Omarion. Fashion designers include: Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, and Naheem kan, to name a few.
Who is still on your list of people you’d love to meet?
I would love to meet supermodel and entrepreneur TYRA BANKS.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
I have a couple: 1. “Get it before someone else does,” 2. “Who says you can’t, only you,” 3. “You are Royalty.”
What advice do you have for dealing with negativity and/or obstacles?
Negativity is put in your path to stop your dreams and desires. Set your focus and eyes on your end goal. Never allow anything or anyone to side track you from your blessings. Be bold and stand in your truth, also know that all things are possible. So never give up on your dreams.
You are known for signing off with “glamour – glamour.” How did this come about and what does glamour mean to you?
While working as a model, all my frequent clients would say: “Hey Tricia no matter what you’re wearing you make it look glamorous.” You can even make a black plastic bag look like a million dollars. My response would be let’s all make it GlamourGlamour. Meaning no matter what you are wearing you also can make it unique and beautiful in your own way. Being GLAMOROUS is a feeling from within that shines to the outside world. Just live your life. Let your light and passion shine no matter what comes your way.
Where is the most exciting place your modeling career has taken you?
The most exciting place my modeling has taken me, is Hong Kong/China.
You’ve traveled all over the world, what is one of the most interesting dishes you’ve eaten and excursions you’ve been on?
One of the most interesting dish I’ve eaten was in the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. It’s called “Boudin Creole,” – it was not my favorite. The other exotic dish I liked is called Bokit made with conch – YUM so good. This dish is also found in the beautiful Guadeloupe.
This island has so many places to visit, so I would advise taking your liquid vitamins before you go. The most exciting excursions was swimming in the black sand beach, hiking in the rain forest, climbing the waterfalls, and also visiting the Guadeloupean Volcanos.
The Guadeloupe islands really spoke to my soul because it has all the foods, weather, and types of nature I really love.