25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2010 -- T. Whitlow
Occupation: Freelance commentator, actress, Miss Massachusetts delegate
What does the “T’’ in your name stand for, and when did you start using it? The “T’’ stands for Tashanea (Tah-shaw-nee’). The reason I shortened my professional name to just “T’’ is because people are always butchering my name. I’ve been called everything from Tahshawna, Tahshawnia. It became exhausting always making the correction, and T just worked better. Also, it’s ambiguous, it’s nongender associated. So you have no idea if it’s a male or female and I enjoy a little element of surprise.
What do you hope to be doing in five years? In the next five years I plan on being a household name by being a lead correspondent on E! Entertainment or similar entertainment show. I also plan on pursuing my acting endeavors as well, having acted in the movie “Business Is War,’’ directed by the late Kemal Gordon, which did extremely well at the film festivals. I just completed a cable pilot called “Antique Warriors,’’ which received a write-up in The New York Times.
You’re taking part in the Miss Massachusetts competition. Have you done pageant work before? Yes, I am a delegate in the 2011 Miss Massachusetts pageant. This is my first pageant ever, and I’m very excited to take part in it. My final decision to participate in the pageant was my age; the cut-off age for Miss Massachusetts is 26. When I was younger my mother wanted me to participate in pageants, but I was never a “girly girly’’ in my eyes, but I’ve blossomed into one.