Inspired by fashion-forward styles and premier-quality photography, Los Angeles-based influencer Tezza is making strides with her blazers, high-waisted pants, and offbeat trench coats on Instagram. Plus, her 1.3 million followers not only want to steal her look — but are also in the loop with her self-named photo app.
“I started in the fashion design and photography industries because that was what I studied at Parsons and FIT in NYC,” Tezza, 30, told The Post. “I figured out I had a unique way of storytelling at the time content creation became popular and interesting, so I capitalized on that and helped brands like Urban Outfitters, Tresemme and Skullcandy with creative campaigns.”
Though a slew of influencers — especially in LA — have an intrinsic passion for fashion, Tezza confidently made her mark based on her upbringing.
“I’m six feet tall and was struggling as a young girl,” she said. “Once I figured out I could lean into my style and make that part of who I am — that I didn’t have to hide behind my height — I realized there was so much expression through fashion and art in general.”
Keeping self-expression in mind, the Tezza app was a quick-burner, providing her followers and photography pioneers alike with a full creative editing suite that’s more fun and less “sterile and black” than her competitors.
And, she joined forces with her husband, a computer science major, to produce a hot and trendy, user-friendly platform — which, undoubtedly, makes the creation even more iconic.
“Typically, our users like to stick with one or two presets to create their cohesive aesthetic,” she said. “We also offer several different video tools and focus on them being tastefully vintage and chic. We also have 150 different templates you can use for your stories or your feed.”
Tezza hopes to encourage young girls to “find inspiration everywhere.” Specifically, using any streetwear or beautiful image as a springboard to build something extraordinary.
“Find out who your inspirations are and try to recreate what they’re doing,” she said. “If you love a certain photo, self-teach how to shoot in a way that sparks inspiration.”
This Forbes 30 Under 30 influencer, of course, has some unique pieces to shop. Check out her top products below, from her prized espresso maker to her go-to photography tools and chunky jewelry.
Tezza’s Top 5 Favorite Products
ChainsPro Chunky Chain Necklace, $13.89
“Gold jewelry is the easiest to throw on and make any outfit look good,” Tezza said.
“Living Libations’ Face Oil is my saving grace,” she said. “It gives you a dewy look, works for all skin types, and helps to reduce dark spots and fine lines.”
New Balance 990 Sneakers, $184.95
“My New Balance 990 Sneakers are one of my favorite shoes to wear,” she said. “You can dress them up or down and every ‘cool girl’ has them right now.”
“The UBeesize Ring Light and Tripod is the perfect size because you can take it with you wherever you go,” she said. “I use it pretty much every day.”
“Ona’s Camera Bag looks like a chic leather bag but it’s actually for your shooting tools,” she said. “It can carry all your gear but still look good.”
She’s had it for six years and says it “still looks amazing.”
Tezza’s Favorite Products
BuildLife 1-Gallon Motivational Water Bottle, $14.96 (originally $19.96)
“My one-gallon water bottle is the best way to stay hydrated,” she said. “It gives you cute prompts like ‘remember your goal!’ and ‘a little bit more!’ to encourage you to drink more water.”
Nasty Gal Ruched Sleeve Longline Blazer, $55.50 (originally $111)
“Every girl needs a classic blazer,” Tezza said. “I recommend a tan blazer because you can wear it with black, with colors and it seems to work with your entire wardrobe.”
Her favorite blazer is from The Frankie Shop and is currently available in sage green.
“I always keep a disposable camera in my camera bag — even from a professional photography perspective,” she said. “They’re fun and the pictures always come out looking cool.”
Apple AirPods with Charging Case, $119 (originally $159)
“You can’t live without AirPods for your daily walks and catching up on podcasts and music,” Tezza said.
“My Anza Espresso Maker is the number one product I always get asked about — I’ve never had more swipe-ups on a product when I posted it on Instagram,” she said. “Not only is it beautiful and looks like a sculpture in your home but it makes delicious coffee.”
“Moon Juice’s Magnesium Powder is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day,” she said. “Especially if you feel anxious or overwhelmed, it’s great for that, too.”
“The Canon G7X can fit in your pocket,” she said. “It’s better than shooting on your iPhone but not quite as good as a DSLR so it’s the perfect in-between with a built-in flash.”
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Camera, $2,499
“The camera I use is the Canon 5D Mark IV,” Tezza said. “It’s one of Canon’s newer models and isn’t something you need unless you’re shooting high-end things, but I work with a lot of brands who want images for many different platforms.”
For similar quality, she recommends the Canon 6D.
“I love this jewelry organizer and it adds such a nice touch to your space,” she said.
“Every girl needs a white dress in their closet for summer,” she said.
“A set is the easiest way to feel put together and stylish year-round,” Tezza said.
To complete the look, shop The Issey Tank’s matching pants.
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