Tia Walker

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Tia Walker
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Tia Walker entering Casita Maria Gala 2012, Mandarin Oriental, NY
Born
Tia Charlaine Walker

(1970-11-26) November 26, 1970 (age 48)
Occupation Blogger, Fashion Writer, Brand Ambassador
Years active2001–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Website www.thequestforit.com

Tia Walker (born November 26, 1970) is an American blogger and founder of A-List Diet & Fitness™, a celebrity-oriented diet and fitness website, launched in 2014. [1] She is also the founder and publisher of The Quest for "it"®, a blog created in 2005, that is best known for its Fashion Week reporting in New York, as well as its in-depth coverage of the worlds of art, fashion, media, and society. [2]

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of more than 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Publishing process of production and dissemination of literature, music, or information

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Early life and career beginnings

Tia Walker was born into an Air Force family. [3] Her parents met in Germany, but returned to her mother's hometown of Norfolk, Virginia several months prior to her birth. Walker spent her childhood years in numerous military towns, until her parents divorced in 1979. She attended Long Island's East Meadow High School, and attained her bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Art History, at Pace University in New York City.

United States Air Force Air and space warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces, and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the fourth in order of precedence. The USAF is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. The Air Force articulates its core missions as air and space superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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Norfolk, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 242,803; in 2017, the population was estimated to be 244,703 making it the second-most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach and the 91st largest city in the nation.

In 2001, she formed Sfumato Artist Management, LLC, a DJ booking company, offering both booking and publicity for nightclub disc jockeys. Over the next few years, her company focused primarily on media placements and bookings for accomplished DJ talent, including Sarah Lewitinn (aka DJ Utragrrrl), among others.

Sarah Lewitinn, also known by her nickname Ultragrrrl, is an Egyptian-American record producer, music critic, DJ, blogger, and music director for the Canadian fashion brand, Aritzia. She began her career as an assistant editor at Spin Magazine, and soon helped champion rock bands like My Chemical Romance and The Killers, which led to her starting her own record label, Stolen Transmission. In 2006, New York magazine named Lewitinn as one of the most "influential people in music", citing that "Like it or not, she has more power than any print music critic.".

Career

Walker was recently contracted to blog for the luxury automobile retailer Lexus via the brand's LGBTinitiative. In 2013, she reported on several national events officially sponsored by Lexus, including the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington DC, and the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, in New York. [4]

Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota. The Lexus brand is marketed in more than 70 countries and territories worldwide and has become Japan's largest-selling make of premium cars. It has ranked among the 10 largest Japanese global brands in market value. Lexus is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. Operational centers are located in Brussels, Belgium and the U.S. in Plano, Texas.

LGBT Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons

LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.

Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. The organization focuses on protecting and expanding rights for LGBTQ individuals, most notably advocating for marriage equality, anti-discrimination and hate crimes legislation, and HIV/AIDS advocacy. The organization has a number of legislative initiatives as well as supporting resources for LGBTQ individuals.

Walker's credits as a contributing writer include print articles for Zink Magazine and UPTOWN Magazine, as well as a three-year online column covering fashion and society for PatrickMcMullan.com. She also had a brief stint as a freelance blogger at Black Entertainment Television's Bet.com, reporting on celebrities in the music industry. [5]

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is an American pay television channel that is owned by the BET Networks division of Viacom Media Networks, which ultimately owned by Viacom. It is the most prominent television network targeting African American audiences, with approximately 88,255,000 American households receiving the channel. The channel has offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

TheQuestforit.com

Despite its waning numbers in later years, The Quest for "It"® blog successfully began in August 2005, and quickly became a "go to" resource for some of the country's preeminent PR firms, providing factual, enlightening content on celebrities and society. [6] In 2006, The Quest for "it"® embarked on video reporting of New York Fashion Week, featuring backstage interviews with designers and models, as well as surprise sound bites from celebrity attendees. [7] Red Carpet reporting was introduced during 2007. That same year, thequestforit.com was named a "must read" by FashionWeekDaily.com, in its review of Fashion Week press coverage. [8] As a brand, The Quest for "it"® had a two and a half year run on UPTOWN Magazine's UPTOWNMagazine.com The collaboration ended on December 31, 2010.

New York Fashion Week fashion event in New York, New York

New York Fashion Week (NYFW), held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press, and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the "Big 4", along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) created the modern notion of a centralized “New York Fashion Week” in 1993, although cities like London were already using their city’s name in conjunction with the words fashion week in the 1980s. NYFW is based on a much older series of events called "Press Week", founded in 1943.

Brand Ambassadorship and Modeling

Walker has modeled occasionally, having done both fit and runway work, since the age of 17. She walked the runway during New York Fashion Week in February 2015 as part of NOLCHA fashion week, [9] and in September 2010 for designer Tamara Pogosian, where she both opened and closed the show. [10]

In addition, Walker has appeared as one of several brand ambassadors for New York City based spa and laser center Laser Cosmetica. She also has served exclusively as Brand Ambassador for Johanna Maxham Handbags during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Branding 8 Days of Luxury, as well as for Maxham's Fall 2011/Winter 2012 online campaign. [11]

TV and film work

In late 2018, Walker entered into television and film as a background actor, through the American casting company Central Casting. Featured roles include those of a reporter in the CBS series Blue Bloods , a 1950s-era theatergoer in the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon , as well as an upscale restaurant patron in the Starz Network series Sweetbitter . [12]

Personal life

Tia Walker is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed and treated in 2008.

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