Taji has always had a keen eye for fashion! She has often been complimented on her sense of style. She is the master of bringing forth the sexy, chic, or casual for any of her wardrobe assignments. Celebrities and friends often ask her where she's purchased her latest fashion find - not to mention how do they get their hands on one of her wardrobe pieces. Taji is admired as a trendsetter and often breaks the rules of what is currently trending. If you're interested in enhancing your style expression, adding to your wardrobe, or reinventing your closet, Taji has you covered! Visit FASHION COFFEE for the stitch on her virtual fashion show YouTube series - and to book your consultation.
Taji is your hostess with the mostess! She has been the life of the party for many occasions from Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Bachelorettes, & Ladies Nights to her most popular, “Adult Game Night”. Taji keeps the momentum and entertainment going with her set list of games that even bring an introvert into the center of the party! She’s known for "Lap it Up", "Balloon Dares", "Musical Lap", "Power Pop" and "The Blindfold Game“ which are a few of the most memorable games played by attendees at her U-GAME experience! You haven’t had fun until U-GAME!
The “LIVE” with Taji Podcast is hosted by the one and only Taji De
Souza. She has a breath of fresh air for all of her celebrity and locally talented guests. Her natural inquisitiveness opens the doors to information that you’d never get from another radio personality. Celebrities with a purpose, such as Chef Rome, Papa Joe, Dr. Miami, and Jason Bourne, have gladly graced her show. Taji has such an influence in the music industry to bring the talents of R&B Artists RAZ B and J Chosen, Hip Hop Artists YoYo, and underground artists Teemonee, ReachingNOVA, and Shea Barz to her show with a guarantee of connecting to and growing their fanbase. Taji also interviews influencers in fashion, comedians, poets, writers, artists (art painters), and more creators. “LIVE” with Taji’s fanbase is eager to see who else will pop up on her show every Tuesday Night from 8 PM to 10 PM EST.
Tawanna “Taji” De Souza formerly Ingleton is an only child from Queens NY’s Hollis and Queens Village area. She was raised by her mother and great grandparents whom are very dear to her. The name Taji was created in her childhood ‘best friends’ group that combines her first, middle and maiden last name. Her mother and great-grandparents were always a solid support system. Her additional support and even inspiration were provided by her high school mathematics and global teachers that always spoke life into her growth as a person. She later attended Nassau Community College’s computer science and IS program but had to take a pause.
As a 14-year-old girl, Taji had a terrible cough that didn’t seem to go away. After a key doctor’s visit, Taji’s mother found out that she had a heart murmur that required surgery to save her life. Her family held off surgery until she graduated high school. Taji’s life changed again at the tender age of 15 years old with the passing of her great-grandmother – followed by her great-grandfather on her birthday in 2004. Taji went off to college life but then her parents opted to cut her time at Nassau short to tend to her medical needs -- but she didn’t allow that to hinder her educational progress. She went back to school for her Health Administration and Medical billing certification.
Where does Taji get her strength from? Taji is a loving and giving person. Her recovery from heart surgery was nothing short of a vacation, but she still wanted to be her loving and caring self. Her chest was fragile and she had to refrain from physical activity and caffeine! It was during this time that Taji turned to her creative outlets. She would listen to her favorite songs and create entertaining gatherings for her friends, would sketch fashion designs and research how to get into the fashion industry. Her thoughts: ‘I want to style and design clothes for plus sized women that are flattering and stand out.’
Taji was able to create the three entities that are now her lifeline: Fashion Coffee stylist services in October 2018, U-GAME event entertainment in November 2018, and “LIVE” With Taji Radio Show in April 2019. Taji took her recovery time to plan her next steps as an entrepreneur that will represent the underdogs in the entertainment and fashion industry. “LIVE” With Taji is an outlet for creatives in the fashion, music, arts and entertainment industries. Fashion Coffee has created a platform for the voiceless in the fashion industry with weekly fashion shows and NYFW events. U-GAME became the natural progression of her planning and hosting game nights for her family and friends, which is now requested by party planners for weddings, birthdays and corporate events.
Taji will soon be the owner of a brick and mortar that will house all three entities. With this advancement in her enterprises, she will be able to support other plus sized women in their fashion and entertainment endeavors via advice panels, networking events and mentorships. She wants her legacy to be one that can be shared via her multi-faceted company, confidence center, and personal documentary.
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