Tanisha Thomas Talks Wedding Special, Why New Bad Girls Got it Wrong
Tanisha Thomas explains how she matured from being a "bad girl."
Tanisha Thomas was introduced to reality TV viewers in 2008 as a cast member of “Bad Girls Club Season 2.” She gained a reputation as the loud mouth foodie from Brooklyn who wasn’t afraid to “pop off,” and was most noted for a raucous incident involving pots and pans. However, since her time spent on the “Bad Girls Club,” Thomas has appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club,” hosted Oxygen’s “Love Games,” became a mentor figure to new bad girls and she’s gearing up to host the “Bad Girls Club 8” reunion special tonight.
The excitement doesn’t end there. Thomas, who says she has done a lot of growing up since appearing on the “Bad Girls Club,” is officially a working TV personality, not as quick to “pop off” and also a newlywed. Her wedding special, “Tanisha Gets Married” premieres on Oxygen on May 7th. We caught up with the self-proclaimed diva to chat about her growth through the years, where the new “bad girls” have gone wrong and why she’s worse than a bridezilla.
Loop 21: Viewers met you back on “Bad Girls Club Season 2” but how did you transition that into becoming a legitimate TV personality?
Thomas: I guess it was always destined from a little girl. I used to say. “I’m gonna be huge one day.” I used to look at the academy awards and say, “I’m gonna be there one day getting my award, giving a long speech, getting dragged off the stage” [laughs]. Honestly, there are no secrets. It’s honestly just lots of hard work, really being comfortable in your own skin and having a great team behind you to back you up.
Loop 21: Congratulations on the wedding. Talk about your TV special coming up.
Thomas: Thank you. My wedding special is produced by the same production company who produces “Jersey Shore.” It was one hell of a ride filming the show! I made a crazy decision and invited some of the Bad Girls to be a part of the wedding, and you’ll see what ends up happening. It’s definitely hard being in front of the camera. Not only is this a wedding special, it’s also an inside look at my life, the cameras are where I grew up in my home with my family, with my friends, it’s real, raw, good TV and people are really gonna appreciate that.
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Loop 21: Speaking of former bad girls. In the trailer we see Flo and Natalie Nunn looking like they’re about to go at it.
Thomas: I tried my best to referee that situation but you’ll see it. I think everybody will be happy with the outcome, not only in terms of the bad girl interaction, but in terms of what really happens in the end. I have one rule when I’m filming and that’s to be 100% me and 100% true to myself. I always keep it real. People are gonna judge regardless but I’m like let me make sure that I’m giving all of me and you’ll definitely appreciate the show for that.
Loop 21: Are Natalie and Flo actually in your wedding party or just guests?
Thomas: They are in my wedding party. We had a few bumps along the way to get there but you’ll have to watch to see what I’m talking about. Natalie and Flo had one of the biggest beefs in “Bad Girls Club” history, so it was definitely like opening up Pandora’s Box putting both of them in the wedding party.
Loop 21: Speaking of Flo, she also had a wedding special and is now living the married life. Did you get any advice from her?
Thomas: Flo definitely gave me some advice about getting married. One of the reasons why I wanted Flo to be involved is because I knew that if anyone knew what this whole married life was like it would be her, so I definitely asked her questions, got her advice and she pretty much told me to stop, breathe and take it all in.
Loop 21: What was the actual wedding like from beginning to end, did you go big?
Thomas: They probably don’t want me to reveal everything but I’ll say this: When it comes to my wedding, I’m naturally a diva. Everything I do is grande, so my wedding will definitely be no different [laughs].
Loop 21: You’re probably tired of answering this question but how long have you known your fiancé and how did he propose?
Thomas: I’ve been with my fiancé for about seven years. He proposed on Christmas of 2010. I was eating my cupcake, minding my own business and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so upset because I love cupcakes. I feel like it’s an individual cake for you. So, I was having a moment because I ended up making a gigantic cupcake by mistake because I was so greedy that I put too much batter in the pan, but I was having a moment and here he comes and I’m like “What! This better be good!” and he got down on one knee and said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, I can’t imagine being without you,” and I just kinda grabbed the box and shoved the ring on my finger.
Loop 21: When you were on “Celebrity Fit Club” you talked about how you had a boyfriend that had cheated with your best friend, just to clarify, that wasn’t your fiancé now, right?
Thomas: No. That was another guy that I was supposed to marry. I had an incident with a friend who I grew up with. She was in a very abusive relationship and being the good natured person that I am, I opened up my home to her and I had no idea that she was actually messing around with my fiancé behind my back and ended up having a baby. This was some real Jerry Springer type stuff but I got through it. I’m a strong person. I’ve been through so much. I left home at a young age. I know the streets. Some of these girls come on the show now and it’s like, “I’m Bad, I’m this,” and I’m like boo please. I lived on these streets. I was homeless at 15. I lived out there on my own. I saw and been through it all. Honestly, God doesn’t give us anymore than we can handle. It was hard when my friend betrayed me like that. To this day I still have major trust issues and I’ve always had major trust issues but he wasn’t for me. And the right man came along after that.
Loop 21: How did you meet your husband?
Thomas: I met him at my job. I’m a certified nurse’s aid and I was appointed to take care of his mother and I remember one day, he walked in and I was like, “I gotta have it!” So, that pretty much was it.
Loop 21: How do you compare to “Bridezillas,” because they go pretty hard?
Thomas: There’s no comparison, They’re bad for that moment, I’m bad year round, so you can’t compare. Instead of here comes the bride it’s here comes the bad! I want to make sure I have the most over the top outlandish divalicious wedding ever. I really want my wedding to be what I’ve dreamt of all my life and anyone who gets in the way of that will feel my wrath and it won’t be pretty.
Loop 21: What else are you working on career-wise?
Thomas: So much is happening. I’m hopefully gonna be signing with a major agency soon. I just bought a really good publicist on who’s gonna take my career to another level and by the end of this year I’ll be able to start my own business and get some revenue through that — finally, a plus size boutique or clothing line or whatever the case is. I’m definitely going to try to invest some money because it doesn’t make sense to keep blowing it on — I’m not the red bottoms, fancy bag girl, I’m the girl who will spend it on vacations, weave and dining out so I’m definitely gonna invest my money in a business.
Loop 21: Speaking of businesses, let’s talk about some reality TV. What are some of your reality TV guilty pleasures?
Thomas: I love “Love and Hip-Hop, “Basketball Wives” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Those are the three of my favorites, and I’m excited about Paulie D’s show. I met Paulie D in Atlantic City he’s a really good guy.
Loop 21: Will reality people besides bad girls be guests on your wedding special?
Thomas: I can’t give it away. You’ll just have to watch and see but there’s a pretty good mix of people who end up coming out for my big day that are familiar faces, so I think people will be happy about that for sure.
Loop 21: Going back to “Love and Hip-Hop,” have you met Chrissy? She’s the bad girl of that show.
Thomas: I love Chrissy! I would love to meet her. She is what I am going to be later on, I can tell. Chrissy is dope. I see so much of her in me. She’s just a strong, assertive good hearted woman but don’t get it twisted, she will get it poppin. I really like her a lot. And I like Emily, I wanted her to talk up a bit and I like Kimbella too. Yandy was alright, but her mouth was a little too off sometimes. You gotta be able to run with your mouth and if you can’t keep up just close it.
Loop 21: What are your thoughts about this season of “Bad Girls Club,” is this the baddest yet?
Thomas: This season I think — I don’t even know what to say here, because I try to be diplomatic about the bad girls.
Loop 21: I get the vibe that it’s less organic than it used to be.
Thomas: Yes, definitely! I think the girls are getting the show confused. I think everybody is on here now to fight and see who’s the baddest but honestly that’s not what it’s about. It’s a place where it’s us against the world, not us against each other. We are strong women who come to the house to try to better ourselves and still see if we can get along with everybody else. Honestly, I don’t have any favorites. Maybe Camilla is probably my favorite that came on but this whole jumping people thing, I don’t rock with that, it’s foul.
Follow Tanisha on Twitter @tanisha_dadiva.