"As long as you stay true to yourself, I think that is always going to resonate with people."
How do you make your readers feel empowered?
It took me a long time to realize how much my readers depend on me. I think that sometimes you can get caught up just talking about what you wear. I have had so many readers email me and say "Tanya, that look is so cute, but I can't find it in a size 18". So I often will spend endless hours trying to find the look that I styled on the blog with the skinny jean or cute top in a specific size for a reader so I can give them all the links to find it. They always email me back and say "Thank you! You have no idea, I've been trying to put that together and didn't know how". It may not seem that important, but it was to that person. If you can help just one person feel better about herself on any given day, that's a huge accomplishment.
Why do you think your readers relate to you?
The fashion industry is always going to be driven by designers and what they are putting out there. I'm not a size zero or two and I don't necessarily style things exactly how the retailer would style it or the brand would style it. I style it my own way. As long as you stay true to yourself, I think that is always going to resonate with people.
How would you describe your personal style?
If you look at my blog, you are going to realize that I am a basics minimalist. I don't wear a lot of print or pattern. I like to have core pieces in my wardrobe.
What do you think about being labeled an "Influencer"?
It's funny that you say that because I don't see myself that way and I'm sure my college kids are like, "she's not influencing anyone". Maybe that will give me some street credit with them! I think when people actually come to you for advice, it's a huge responsibility and I take it very seriously. I get approached by brands daily to talk about their product, and my benchmark for tanyafoster.com is if I don't 100% believe it, wear it, use it, or do it, it's not going to make the blog.