Tali Lennox and I skipped out on NYFW to hang talk about her passion for painting and drawing. We chatted about the reliefs of not modeling, what art does for one’s mental health and not painting pretty pictures. Check out her awesome paintings and drawings below!
How would you describe what your interests, your job?
I think it’s a bit of a mix I try to follow my accord. I wouldn’t say that modeling is my main occuption anymore it’s something I do once in a while. Apart from that I’m just exploring things taking course in psychology and painting at the New School.
Are you completely disinterested in modeling?
No. i’ll do in once in while, but i’ve been doing it since I was 17. I really am grateful for it but it’s also really nice not to think about how I look. I notice mentally how I’m different when I don’t do it.
How long have you been painting for?
I’ve been drawing since I was really really young. It’s really good for me mentally. To do something like modeling where you’re running around all over the place and nothing stays still, it’s almost like meditation.
Why are people so surprised that you paint?
People assume a lot about me. Like people think i’m not very nice [laughs]. People can assume whatever they want, it’s all subjective.
Do you think people assume a lot because you’re a model or the daughter of someone famous?
Yea of course. I’m a fortunate, and a privileged girl so people like to assume the worst. But it’s also humbling for me. That’s why I moved to NY, I’m less affected by it, and I can create more.
What do you like to paint?
I like to paint things that are darker, I don’t like to paint pretty pictures. When I was young I used to draw like pretty girls, and then when i got into modeling i’d only want to draw old ugly faces.
You just get so over everyone looking so good all the time
Yeah, I feel like that recently i just want to dress like whatever.
From your paintings, it’s clear you like drawing people.
Yeah it always has to be personal. I do a lot self-portraits, not in a narcissistic way but I think art is best when it’s as personal as possible. I think a lot of it is my interest in communications and the feeling you can get when you’re feeling isolated. That’s the best thing about portraits is you can feel really close to someone when you’re drawing them. The main thing is I want people to question what they’re looking at and even make you feel uneasy.
I had friends who are beautiful ask me to paint them and I have to be like no this isn’t quite like that.
You probably want to have an exhibition?
Yeah id love to, just have to wait for the right time and when I’m ready.
Seeing as you’re a boss, what do you think of the word bossy- own it or not?
Nah, I’m not “Bossy,” I just tell it like it is!
How did you get into dance?
I started taking dance classes (Ballet, Jazz,) at age 9, then auditioned for a Scholarship at Dupree Dance Academy in Los Angeles when I was 18, 6 classes a day for 2 years helped me become a professional dancer…
Where did the name pussycat dolls come from?
We were normal “Sweet” girls. Dancers by day, but when we hit the stage we turned into fierce kittens, well, PUSSYCATS! We looked like “Dolls” on stage, from the Lashes to the Costumes, so I put the 2 names together, and Ta-Da! Pussycat Dolls!
What makes a star?
Confidence! And Discipline in always working your butt off on your craft. Practice makes perfect, you can NEVER know enough!
What are you working on this year?
Besides my 24/7 Devotion to my GRLs , I am also currently choreographing The Emmys, featuring Weird Al, and Andy Samberg.
Do you think it’s tougher getting to where you are than your male equivalents?
Its challenging, but I work so that I get the same respect and same results.
Do you bring your boss-ness and dominate personally into other parts of your life like the bedroom?
I’m a Pussycat Doll! Does that answer your question?
Do you think you intimidate people around you?
It just comes with the territory being a successful woman, but I treat everyone as an equal and just want to inspire
Whats something you’re really proud so far?
My dog Sugar. She’s almost human and understands me better than anyone. My niece and nephew, Jocie and Asher, and of course my two girl groups, GRL & PCD!