Tia and Tamera was one of my favorite television shows growing up and now those girls we knew and loved are grown! And they made it in the industry as a child star without a rehab visit or a sex tape leak.
The sisters are now gracing the cover of EBONY and chat about their business, fame, personal lives, and growing up in front of the camera.
The former child stars are now entrepreneurs who launched NEED Brands, a company that provides wholesome, and all-natural products for new and expectant mothers. The two started the company to fill voids they found after becoming moms, and the twins told EBONY that the company will soon release more products for new and expectant mothers, including skin care offerings, supplements, snacks and apparel.
However, their business ventures are not keeping them off the television screen. Tamera discussed how she will return to television this fall to co-host the hit talk show The Real, alongside Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, which FOX picked up for two-year run. Tamera said she plans to use the platform to discuss being a mother, wife and other relevant issues. Tia is also starring in and producing Instant Mom, a sitcom on Nick at Nite, which averages 1.2 million viewers per episode for its network. Tia is also working behind the scenes producing and shopping shows she created but will not star in.
While it may appear that the two have been on a continuous path of success, Tia opened up about the moments of hardships they had as well.
“After Sister, Sister ended, nobody was calling,” says Tia. “My sister and I were sick and tired of being sick and tired of sitting back and waiting for those phone calls.” Deciding at that point they were going to take control of their future, Tia added, “We had the mentality, ‘We’re not going to depend on anybody anymore, we’re not going to let someone else’s value of us diminish how we value ourselves, and we’re going to put action in place.’ We put our minds together and executed [our plans].”
While taking control has yielded fruits from their labor, the road was not rainbows and glitter. Tamera also opened up to EBONY about the emotional moment she had on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? regarding her interracial marriage with FOX news correspondent, Adam Housley.
“Honestly, growing up, I [just] knew I was going to marry a Black man,” said Tamera. “But, as I grew up, I learned to just be open,” she added. “I just wanted to be with someone who was confident around me and who I felt comfortable being myself with.”
LOVE these women. Isn’t it great to see them
The article can be read in its entirety in the April issue of EBONY on newsstand now.