If you haven’t seen Little Women: LA, here’s a brief overview: five women tackle prejudices against dwarfism while working hard to see success in their various life areas. Tonya Banks is one of the stars on this Lifetime Network show, and recently I had the chance to ask her a few questions. Here’s how she responded.
Tonya Banks of Lifetime’s Little Women: LA
Ronda Bowen (RB): You’re one of the only black little women in Hollywood, What has that journey been like for you?
Tonya Banks (TB): To be honest, I haven’t really thought about it, because I’m usually the only little person around or woman around, let alone black little woman. It’s my normal.
RB: The Internship Games–you broke barrier with your role in this film. Describe the film and the role for our viewers.
TB: I was a boss making interns compete to be my personal assistant, which showcased their insecurities. At the same time, I was dealing with my own insecurities.
RB: How did you get involved with Little Women L.A.?
TB: Terra and I both came up with the concept, and she went and pitched it.
RB: How has being on the show changed your life?
TB: People don’t look at me and say, “look at that midget” or “little mommy.” They call me by my name, Tonya, or they call me boss.
RB: What made you decide to get into wine-making?
TB: I wanted a wine that would appeal to both sweet wine drinkers and dry wine drinkers.
RB: What has been the most challenging thing about working with Longevity Wines?
TB: The only challenge is the location of the winery. I can’t just stop by any time. It’s a 6-hour drive away.
RB: Can you talk about Boss Body?
TB: My friend and partner encouraged me to do it, because I was complaining about active wear not fitting me. So, I came up with something that fits everyone.
RB: What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
TB: Calling my own shots, making my own timeline, and I don’t have to get anyone else’s permission or opinion.
RB: What causes are important to you?
TB: Lupus, cancer, and sickle cell anemia.
RB: What projects do you have on the horizon?
TB: I’m doing a play called Roxy in February. I’m producing a sitcom spin-off of Roxy, and I’m coming out with a white wine.
RB: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
RB: I always ask this question. You’re obviously quite busy. What do you do to help bring balance to your life?
TB: I go to church, Resurrection LA. I hang out with friends. I love to go bowling and play dominoes.
RB: What piece of advice would you like to leave our readers with?
TB: Put God first in your life. He will order your steps. Believe in yourself. Do not give up on your passion.