When Tinashe released her debut mixtape, In Case We Die, in 2012, it didn’t take long for her to start building a buzz. She continued grinding hard and by the time 2014 rolled around, she was ready to release her first album. The project, Aquarius, boasted the popular single “2 On” which featured Schoolboy Q. Many people quickly labeled Tinashe as one of the hottest up-and-coming artists in the industry. Although she’s continued to release projects over the years, behind-the-scenes issues have caused some ups and downs for Tinashe. However, no matter what she’s gone through, she’s refused to give up. Recently, she earned a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and she’s also getting ready to release another album. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the future is looking incredible for Tinashe. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Tinashe.
1. She’s From Kentucky
Kentucky probably isn’t one of the places that come to mind when people think of the entertainment industry, but for Tinashe, it used to be home. However, even though she was born in Kentucky, she was raised primarily in California where both of her parents teach in the California State University system.
2. Her Name Has a Special Meaning
Tinashe’s father has Zimbabwean roots, and her name has a special meaning in the culture. The name Tinashe translates to “we have God” or “God is with us”. Not only is her name already meaningful, but she has been working hard to add her own meaning to the name and so far she’s been doing a great job.
3. She Believes In The Power Of Manifestation
Do you believe you have the power to speak the things you want into existence? Tinashe certainly does. In an Instagram post, Tinashe shared her excitement about being on the cover of Sports Illustrated and said, “I feel like I manifested this because I’ve wanted to be in the swim edition since I was a teenager!”
4. She’s A Trained Dancer
Making music is the thing that has gotten Tinashe the most attention, but in reality, she’s always been an all-around performer. She is a trained dancer who began taking lessons as a child. She has studied ballet, jazz, and tap. Her skills as a dancer have allowed her to put on some awesome shows.
5. She Was Bullied A Lot As A Kid
Millions of people may love Tinashe now, but that hasn’t always been the case. In an interview with Bullett Media, Tinashe said, “I actually did get bullied a lot in school. I went to public school until 9th grade and had a pretty bad experience. I missed out on prom and graduation and the whole college experience but I don’t feel bad about it because everything else I was doing was what I actually wanted.
6. She Has Some Acting Experience
Remember when I said that Tinashe is an all-around performer? That also includes acting. She started her acting career in the late 1990s in the animated series Franklin. From the end of the 1990s to the late 2010s, Tinashe continued to land acting roles. She even appeared in three episodes of Two and a Half Men between 2008 and 2009.
7. She Got Her Start In A Girl Group
The world knows Tinashe as a solo artist, but that wasn’t always the case. Early in her career, she was part of a girl group called The Stunners. The group formed in 2007 and released their debut self-titled EP in 2009. They officially disbanded in 2011 without ever releasing a full-length project.
8. She Doesn’t Like Being Told What To Do
If you ever think you’re going to tell Tinashe what to do, you might want to think again because she isn’t the type of person who can easily be controlled. Tinashe told Indie Mag, “I’m typically the type of person who hates being told what to do. Anytime someone mandates me to do anything, I don’t want to do it”.
9. She’s A Painter
Acting, dancing, and singing aren’t the only ways Tinashe likes to express herself through the arts. She also enjoys painting and she has created several works of abstract art. Although her work is only hung up at her house at the moment. One day, she hopes to have her paintings put on display in a gallery.
10. She Doesn’t Let Her Haters Get To Her
Any time a person enters the spotlight, they have to deal with negative comments from all sorts of people. Tinashe, however, chooses to focus on the positive instead. She likes to put her attention on the people who are being supportive instead of the ones who are constantly trying to tear her down.