As a retired WNBA player, Tiffany Bias is no stranger to success. Tiffany grew up an athlete in high school, leading her basketball team to win a state championship, playing on the Kansas All-State Team for 3 years straight, and earning state titles in track. She then continued her basketball career by accepting a scholarship to play for the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls. Following an impressive four years at OSU, Bias was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury. With such an impressive and expansive background in her athletic career, Bias knows the importance of teamwork, especially among other women. We interviewed her about what it’s like being a woman in the competitive, male-dominated world of sports and why she supports the Never Too Pretty Movement:
1)What does the Never Too Pretty Movement mean to you?
What The Never Too Pretty Movement means to me is woman empowerment! I am a strong believer in supporting and uplifting women and girls to make sure they know that you can be whatever you want in these male-dominant industries.
2) Why did you want to become a brand ambassador?
I wanted to be a part of this movement for what it stood for which is woman empowerment but also just knowing the struggle of experiencing the judgment of ” being too pretty” to do a sport or to be taken seriously by male associates.
3) How do you “live” the movement of female empowerment?
I live by example. I am very confident and live my truth! I support and encourage women in any field and also the little girls, I love speaking to them because they are the generation for a change! If we can uplift them at a young age and teach them to lift up the girls around them and not tear them down this world will be a better place! It is already hard enough with men judging us in our respective fields no need for women to do it to other women.
4) What drives you to show others that women are just as capable as men?
I think just the industry(Professional Basketball) that I am in that its a given that we want respect. We do the same type of vigorous activities that they do but we are looked at less than cause we are female? I just always had that mindset that I can do anything a man can do.
5) Have you had any unique challenges as a woman in business, sports, etc?
Of course. I think that when it comes to sports, women sports don’t get as much respect or get that much recognition as male sports. That can be when it comes to events, marketing, brands, or even just support. Also, I think when men see attractive women, instead of keeping it all business they have their hidden agendas which can make things difficult to work with.
6) Tiffany, do you have any stories or experiences about having to overcome biases in your life?
Many, but I think the one that made me mentally grow was just realizing how political industries can be! That sometimes you can be better than someone or have outworked someone and deserve the spot but because of the political side of things, you end up getting the short end of the stick. I definitely had a mental rough spot and it took me a minute to grasp and understand the saying, “Control what you control” After I embraced that I started feeling less worried and stressed about situations that would arise!
7) Please share your best piece of advice for inspiring the next generation:
Best pieces of advice;
2. Always be the best YOU that you can be
3. be kind always
Want to join the movement and become a Too Pretty Ambassador like Tiffany? We are currently looking to build a new team of motivated, empowered women. Check out our Instagram post to find the criteria to apply today!