Remember Tonya Banks from 'Little Women: LA'? She Looks Great Now & Is Pursuing Her Acting Career
Tonya Banks is taking on the world as she works towards her dream of being a serious actress. She has already explored three of her passions and has many successes under her belt.
Banks suffers from dwarfism and stars in the show "Little Women: LA" which airs on LifeTime. Additionally, she's been involved in plenty of other ventures. She has an athletic clothing line called "Boss Body" and also sells her own red wine.
In an interview with CelebMix, Banks said she started the clothing line because it was difficult for her to find clothing that fits her. Her slogan is "Bosses Come in all Sizes."
Her goal with Boss Body
The mother of one said the goal is to sell "active wear that fit all shapes, sizes, and heights, so no one would feel left out." The fashion-forward African-American credits her father with her entrepreneurial spirit.
After the success of her clothing line, she created a red wine "that wasn't too dry or too sweet." According to Banks, "it contains Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel." She chose the name "L'Tonya Renee" for the wine.
Expanding her career
When asked her thoughts about "Little Women: LA," Banks said that like anything else there's good and bad in it. Regarding the latter, she said that "you're constantly under the radar being judged."
Yet the negatives of television haven't thrown off the aspiring actress, producer, and director. In fact, Banks ended up with a starring role in a comedy-drama play called "Roxy" which premiered in February 2019.
She co-produced the play which also features fellow "Little Women: LA" star Angelique Johnson. In the film, strip club owner Biltmore desperately tries to save her business from closing down.
Banks plays the role of Brewster, a clever loan shark who threatens Biltmore with taking over the club. The play ran in the Hudson Theater from February 22 to March 3 in 2019.
Her roles on TV
The reality star's past TV roles have been notable but small. She guest-starred on "Martin" in 1994 and on "Ally McBeal" in 1999. She was also a stuntwoman for 2003's "Bad Santa."
In the interview with CelebMix, Banks revealed that she would want to star in an action-packed film and do all her own stunts. She'd be going it alone since she broke up with her fiance back in season 6 of the show.
Banks and Terra Jole's fight
While we can't wait to see what other projects Banks gets involved in, we'll also be enjoying the drama of "Little Women: LA." The show's eighth season premiered on April 4, 2019.
Back in season 7, Banks and Terra Jole got into a fight over the name of Jole's new line of wine products. Jole wanted to go with "Mini Mama Moscato," but Banks was against the idea and the name.
Most of the other women on the show took Banks's side, leaving Joles feeling ostracized. Fortunately, Jole stepped up and tried to fix things by organizing a day of team-building with life coach Hasani.
The two women took huge steps to try and work things out, with Banks reassuringly telling Jole, "I don't want you to ever feel that I don't love you like my sister."
Banks' attitude is certainly genuine and loving while at the same time she clearly has strong opinions and a fierce determination. We look forward to seeing what else she conquers in the future.