I'm Still Smiling!

I’m Still Smiling!

June 14th, 2014


10469408_10201164002540711_472049551836154078_nI had a funny situation happen to me the other day. Actually, it wasn’t really funny it was rather sad and I started to go completely off but after talking to my brand manager and consultant, she told me to take the high road. Plus, I have to remember that I have so much going on in my life that it would not have been a good look for my brand. I do agree somewhat with what she said but this incident inspired me to write a blog post about what happen because I’ve seen this situation go on time and time again and with the good ol makers of the internet, cyber bullies out there feel as though its their job or duty to give you their personal opinions on you and your imperfections…like we don’t know we have them lol! 

I was a thumb-sucker till I turned 25 years old. My mom refused to get me braces because she said it would be a waste of her time and money and she was so right lol!  I just didn’t take my overbite seriously back then up until a few years ago. Now that I’m somewhat in the public eye, I do think about it but I just refuse to get braces at my age, when I have so many other things to worry about. Trust me though, I DO KNOW that I have buck teeth! I brush my teeth and look in the mirror every single day, yep I know it! I also know that there are lots of other things wrong with me but you know what, I keep pushing forward!

An old ex of mine from my college days who I’m friends with on Facebook thought that it would be a good idea to send me an inbox and questioned why I don’t get braces. I was a bit taken back because first off, I haven’t heard a peep out of him in over 3 years on there and I guess he’s just a lurker lol. I visited his page after he left me that questionable message and checked out what he was looking like now-a-days. I was in shock that he would even leave me such a distasteful message because looking at him NOW, he has NO room to talk about my teeth! See, how the tables can turn? I could go on and on about his short comings but it got me to thinking why do some people feel as though it’s their job to “call out” your imperfections when they ain’t hitting on nothing! Smh!

Some people have different priorities in life, mine just so happens to be my family first, education, money in the bank, nice environment to live in etc…Where others priorities may be to have a VERY expensive car but living in the hood, designer clothes but your kids are raggedy, people getting liposuction but really need a boob job…you guys get my point right? NOBODY on this earth is perfect and if there is, point them out to me! We all have different things that we value and prioritize in life. NOONE should judge another on what they do with their money etc! And if something about me is bothering you that much, send me a check for some braces, I would happily use it for something else, bloop!

Trust me, I have thought about getting braces but at this time in my life, I don’t feel as though its that important but maybe if I was 20 years younger, I definitely would have done it but just not now when I have two teenagers heading off to college in a couple of years. So my point to you guys out there is this. You do what makes you happy in life. If you are comfortable with how you look, please don’t let anyone try to make you feel bad about how you look, keep negative people out your life! My “overbite” has NOT stopped me from working with thousands of brands, getting numerous tv & radio appearances, being invited out to fabulous events, asked to do photoshoots monthly, meeting and lunching with Oprah Winfrey, traveling across the globe, receiving awards, interviewing a-list celebrities and the list goes on and on!

Maybe my ex who saw the life I live, wasn’t too happy with himself and his. He tried to make me feel bad but trust me, I’m still smiling and I’m EXTREMELY grateful for everything that I have and my husband of 16 years, don’t seem to mind my buck teeth at all, you be blessed! Till next time! xoxo


  1. Mell says:

    Well said!
    Making others feel low because we are insecure/not happy is never a good look.

  2. Bobbie says:

    Tami, well said. I needed to read this. Keep smiling boo, because you are #winning

  3. Angel says:


    I visit your site because of the quality of the content. Not once have I bothered to notice your teeth. It’s sad that an ex, clearly an ex for a reason, has so much free time on his hands. The time it took to criticize, could have easily been taken to compliment. Bless his heart. Someone should pray for him, won’t be me. I’m just saying. You look just fine. Love the red dress. Sooo pretty. Stay blessed:)

  4. #Vivacious & Vulgar says:

    If you want braces you are NEVER too old to get them. In any case I don’t consider your teeth to be BUCK. Your ex is bitter troll for sure.

  5. Yakini says:

    Okay, that is crazy, because I have never noticed anything wrong with your teeth. Some people are just always looking for something negative to say. You have a beautiful smile & in even more beautiful personality!!! xoxo

  6. Kimmy says:

    OMG Tami! Really? Anyone who feels the need to put someone else down in order to feel better about themselves is really not happy with themselves and where they are in life. I’ve seen you out plenty of times and your smile is so radiant. Keep pushing forward Tami and stay blessed and focused on your divine destiny. Hopefully others will do the same.

  7. Jillian says:

    Nice teeth are huge to me as I’ve always been self conscience about mine growing up and especially in high school as I had buck teeth. I eventually got braces in college and paid for them myself as a student, $78 dollars a month at that time. Tammy, thanks for sharing your story. I love your confidence, your openness and your passion for what you do. Also,you look great.

  8. @Yazzy says:

    I get this all the time, people concerned with my teeth. I’m content with my looks, my teeth are clean and I have other priorities. I’ve had people offer to pay for my braces and every time I think about getting them I just feel like I’m happy with who I am and how I look. I come to your blog from time to time and binge read. I love the look and layout. Keep pushing.

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