Tali Giat Talks About Hollywood, Media, Fashion, Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Empowering Girls and Women to Embrace Diversity.

Photographed by Khala Merg

Tali Giat is best known to audiences as the winner of the wildly popular FOX television show “More To Love.”  Prior to her success on the small screen, Tali worked as wardrobe stylist and an up-and-coming plus-size model in New York City.

Tali was born in Ashquelon, Israel and is the oldest of six children. Her mission, as a spokesperson for healthy body image for women and girls, is to support initiatives that inspire a wider definition of beauty. Tali is working to empower women and contribute to the healthy body image revolution; which is to promote normal size woman in the media, marketing, entertainment, and fashion industries.

Tell us about your experience being cast on the FOX network show “More to Love” and being “the last woman standing.”

I was very excited when I received the call back that I was cast on the show. Being “the last woman standing” wasn’t an outcome anyone, especially myself, had anticipated. It was a very unique journey for me where I kept open-minded, yet genuine, and fell deeply in love. I also had the opportunity of meeting a great group of women and making great friendships. Becoming a certain role model and contributing to the representation of curvy, normal size women in Hollywood and TV, were also wonderful honors, which came along with the experience.

How do you think plus modeling and shows such as “More to Love” are helping our society to redefine beauty?

I think any opportunity where we (full-figured women) could express our voices and empower other girls, teens, and adult women to embrace our diversity and support our individuality, is bringing us one step closer to a better society and future. Whether it would be through the fashion industry, Hollywood, TV, radio, small organizations, or educational programs in schools, etc., we should all aspire to inspire. Shows like “More to Love” or the modeling industry are only helping to approach a larger amount of people; however, we must not forget that every single person can make an effective change, regardless of their social status or occupation.

Photography by Inez Lewis

Prior to your success on the small screen, you were a wardrobe stylist and up-and-coming Plus-Size Model. How did being on the show affect your career?

Being on the show has contributed to the exposure of my personality and fashion style. It helps that people have learned to know who I am as a person, and it is humbling to know that the way I dress is appealing to so many women. I believe that the clothes we choose to wear are somewhat a reflection of who we are in our personalities, so there is no ‘one way’ to dress. I am being questioned a lot for fashion advice since the show, and first I try to tell women that despite the trends, which are being fed to us by the fashion industry, there are no codes written in a book of laws, which you must follow. You need to know your own body and what makes your best parts look even better. It’s like music, you need to let it ‘speak’ to you, touch you in a way that makes you feel good, and with fashion, just like with music, it’s better if you stay open-minded to other types of ‘rhythms’, who knows – you might end up liking the song. 🙂

Are you currently modeling and styling wardrobes?

I am not styling as much as I use to before, simply because I am trying to dedicate my time to working more on being a contributing part of this amazing body and real beauty revolution, which I am so passionate about. I am currently not signed with any modeling agency, though I am looking to be picked up by one. Despite the growing plus-size industry and its growing representation in the media within the last year or so, it is still not easy to get into it professionally. This is an important subject I must admit upsets me; the industry’s requirements for accepting plus models and signing them as an official talent are still very strict. You must be no less than 5’8” in height. In reality, the average American woman (whom the rapidly growing plus-size industry is attempting to approach to) is 5’4” and a size 12-16. I strongly feel (and with much respect to my fellow friend models) that no one in the plus industry and its current working plus size models, has yet to properly represent that. I haven’t seen a single professional plus model who made a name for herself standing at less than 5’9”. However, we do have a few gorgeous celebrities who are, such as America Ferrera (5’1”) and Penelope Cruz (5’5”). This is a subject that should be brought up and discussed about in the industry. If we wish to represent reality, it is about time to open the plus industry to Petite Plus, we had it twenty years ago, and it could and should be brought back.

Photography by Inez Lewis

Have you ever struggled with self-esteem or body image issues in the past? If so, how did you reach the point of accepting and loving your body as it is?

I have struggled with self-esteem and body image issues most of my life. I think a lot of people, if not most of us do. Some more than others. I was picked on a lot throughout school years, and those feelings stayed with me for a long time after. It was eventually my move to the United States, at the age of 23, where I felt being curvy was a little bit more acceptable than where I grew up. I’ve met people, smaller and bigger than me; the smaller people were still not happy with who they are, and the bigger were so inspiring with their love for life and their love for who they are – the way they are. I’ve come to learn that no one is perfect and there is no one way to be or look. Then I slowly talked myself into embracing who I am instead of fighting it. It is too tiring. Sure, there are still things I would like to change about my body, but now it is for different reasons; not because I am pressured to look a certain way, but because I want to become healthier and in shape, so I can live a longer life in a stronger body.

As an Ambassador for Positive Body Image & Self Esteem, what advice would you give to girls and women, who are struggling with body image and self-esteem issues?

Look in the mirror; what you see is not what is, but what you tell yourself it is. The chase after perfection is a long road that hasn’t led anyone who walked it before you to its final destination yet. Why? Because such a place doesn’t exist, it is an illusion. An illusion, which we allow to be determined as a reality for us by exterior factors such as Hollywood, the media, the modeling world, and the brains behind technology. Your life is your own creation; it’s what you say it is. Shake it all off and take the control back into your own hands. I wish not to repeat the cliché about ‘you can’t expect others to accept and love you, if you don’t accept and love yourself first’, because you all already knows this. I am just going to say; try to be the change you want to see.

Photography by Inez Lewis

Where do you find stylish plus-size clothing?

Whoa… hard to pick just few; my favorite places to shop for casual/casual-dressy clothes are Forever 21, H&M, and Old Navy. For evening or dressier items, I like shopping at Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor because they offer variety of designers in affordable prices and they carry a large range of all sizes. Among my favorites are also J.Crew, Ann Taylor, and White House Black Market.

Who are some of your favorite designers?

I like to go more by looking at every design individually; the fabric and the cut a designer chose to feature in his/hers collection. So, every season my preference could change. But if I would be asked to name one absolutely INCREDIBLE designer I’m continuously impressed with every season, and I could say her runway shows in Milan leave me inspired, excited, and in a complete awe every year; I would hands down name the ridiculously talented, Italian Plus-Size Designer Elena Miro! She understands a woman’s body, and knows how to cut for curves in a brilliant way, using soft, feminine, elegant, and flattering fabrics. My long life dream is to be dressed in her designs, and more so to meet her in person.



Tali with Emmanuelle Chriqui attending the Fashion Delivers Charity event on June 15, 2010.

What are some of your beauty must haves?

1. Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion & hand cream from Bath & Body Works is my must! I have a mini bottle I carry in each purse. (www.bathandbodyworks.com)

2. Cindy Crawford’s “Meaningful Beauty” day and night facial kit; I started using it about eight months ago and it is the best product I’ve invested in! I am addicted and probably will not use any other facial product line but hers. Highly recommended; plus – it is very affordable. (http://www.meaningfulbeauty.com)

3. Cherry Chapstick. Always! 🙂

Who do you consider a hero or role model?

Besides all the brave soldiers out there, I would say all those who raise themselves above all the hard times in life, own what they need to own, grow strong, and move on. These people keep me inspired.

Tali attending Full Figured Fashion Week June 16-19, 2010 in NYC – Photographed by Richard Lew

What are you excited about right now?

This interview! 🙂

Attending the Full Figured Fashion Week last week, of which I was asked to speak at the “Aspiring Models” panel at Hotel Pennsylvania, June 18. I shared my experience and point of views regarding Reality TV and the Hollywood world.

Attending the Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc. (www.fashiondelivers.org) “Pay it Fashion Forward” event in support of Haiti. Bryan Greenberg from HBO’s “How to Make it in America” and Emmanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” hosted the event June 15 at the Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in NYC.

My Spring Fashion Spread in the May issue of Plus Model Magazine (http://www.plusmodelmag.com/General/plus-model-magazine-article-detail.asp?article-id=310462599&page=0), and the new opportunities and people, which I am hoping will come my way with my new move to the West Coast this Summer.

*Thank you, Tali!

**Do you feel like women under 5’9″ are adequately represented in the media world? Do you feel comfortable and confident with your body type? What are some of your favorite beauty must haves? Who do you consider a hero or positive role model?

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  49. Tali, you are unique and beautiful inside and out. Nothing is untouchable if you reach hard enough. You are on your way to where you want to be and helping many others too.

  50. Tali… You are as sweet as you are beautiful.. I just know in my heart of hearts that you will have all your dreams and wishes fulfilled.

    Whoever signs you will be the luckiest .. Elena Miro ~wake up 🙂

  51. Great interview Tali! Trust me, I feel your pain with the whole agency thing:-)! You’re gorgeous & anyone who hasn’t signed with you is out of their mind!

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