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:
Facebook: Linka Exclusive
Twitter: linka exclusive
Facebook: Jchell Plus Size Model On Deck