Tanya Schafer works 7 days a week and goes to school, so catching up with her for this interview was no easy task. After phone tag and e-mails, we finally got it done. This leggy beauty may not have much time for any fun, but her ambitions and goals are definitely set. She's lived all over Southern California, can beat you in a pie-eating contest and has this crazy fascination with pigs.
2nr: How did you get into modeling?
Tanya Schafer: Well, I did a favor for a friend that was a photographer for a local magazine. I shot for the style section of the magazine and they ended up calling me and asking if they could use my photos for the cover and the centerfold. I guess they didn't like the other models' photos that much. After that, I got a call from another photographer and started working with his company called KMC Wheels. I met a girl that ended up being my best friend, almost like a sister, and she showed me the ropes of modeling. The rest is history!
2nr: What other work have you done in the car industry?
TS: Well, I've worked for KMC Wheels for 4 years now. In MPH magazine I was the UPS girl for a year, but it's dead now. I've worked with Zenetti Wheels, and I was also a Toyo Tires spokesmodel this past year. I've also done shows like DUB and SEMA.
2nr: So, you've been a busy bee then?
TS: I work 7 days a week!
2nr: Not much time for fun then I suppose. That sucks, but I guess it could be worse.
TS: Yeah, I do work a lot and I go on a lot of calls, but I try to book everything over the phone or over E-mail. It sucks driving all over the face of the earth and then finding out you didn't get the job.
2nr: So what kind of car do you drive?
TS: I have a 2005 Jetta. I would love to have a BMW, based on looks alone. An SUV would be cool, but I'm not sure which one. I had a Nissan Armada and really loved it, but it was gas retarded.
2nr: What are the best and worst parts of modeling?
TS: The best part of modeling is getting all pretty... you know, the make-up, hair, clothes. It makes you feel like a star. The worst part of modeling would have to be waiting to get paid. If you work for yourself like I do, you can get screwed, or you have to wait well over a month for a paycheck. It makes it hard to pay the bills on time.
2nr: It doesn't matter when you get paid, it's always hard to pay bills... from my experience anyway! Ok, so tell me about a typical shoot...
TS: I would have to say the photo shoot with 2nr had to be one of, if not, the best shoots I have ever done. The photographer was just amazing, along with the make-up artist and stylist. They had to be the best bunch of people I have worked with in a long time. Thank you guys!!
2nr: So where do you like to hang out?
TS: Hang out? What's that?! I don't do too much of that anymore because I'm always working, but when I do go out it usually involves dancing. Anywhere, anytime, as long as some kind of music is playing. Oh, and I love to go out to restaurants because I love to eat. People are usually in shock when they see me eat.
2nr: Really... you have to describe.
TS: It's not all over my face or anything! I can just eat a lot, and people are surprised because I'm pretty thin.
2nr: It must be your hollow leg. So what is your favorite food to stuff yourself with?
TS: Everything! But if I have to name one type, it would have to be Italian.
2nr: Tell me about some of your hobbies. Any crazy collections?
TS: Apart from dancing I like to take pictures and make picture books. When I was a kid I used to collect pigs, and I kept all of my stuff in a box. I have no idea why I still have it, but one of my friends just found it and laughed his head off. Whatever, I still think they're cute.
2nr: A dancing queen that likes pigs. Hmm... at least you're unique! What about sports, any favorite teams?
TS: I'm not much of a sports fan because I don't know anything about them. If someone tried to explain the rules to me I might be interested. I work as a Miller Lite girl, so I've been to all the Ducks games this year, and I'm starting to like hockey now.
2nr: You might get a lot of offers to go to ball games now. Tell me your idea of a perfect date.
TS: My ideal date would have to be on the beach. Maybe dinner and some wine, and a long walk afterwards so I can talk to the person. I love to talk and just be goofy, so it's the perfect time to find out if the guy is just like me. My perfect man is a sexy fit guy with light eyes, perfect teeth, and a great sense of humor. Making me laugh all the time is really important. He also has to love his family and friends. Family is a big deal to me because it tells you a lot about someone, and I would love to have my own family someday.
2nr: Do you get hit on a lot? What's the best way for a guy to pick you up?
TS: I guess I get hit on a lot, but what girl doesn't? The best way for a guy to pick me up is not to pick me up at all. I don't want to hear dumb lines or anything. I like to be friends with everyone and if it's there with someone, then we'll both just know. You know what I'm saying, right? So guys, please listen to me when I say this: Girls don't want those lines, so just give it up and be yourself!
2nr: Exactly! Now, what feature do you get complimented on the most?
TS: If the guy is a pig he'll say my boobs. For the most part, I get complimented on my eyes. They change colors so it's pretty cool.
2nr: Anything you would want to improve about yourself?
TS: I would like to change my hips. They could be a little smaller since my waist is so small.
2nr: Name three things you would take with you on a desert island.
TS: My family, because I would miss them; my cat, so I would have someone to talk to; and Q-tips. In high school I kissed a guy with dirty ears and it freaked me out. I check out everyone's ears now, so look out!
2nr: Eewww. Quickly changing the subject... what are your favorite jeans?
TS: Frankie B's. But they are starting to disappoint me because they have been falling apart lately. Not cool when you spend so much money on a pair and you can't return them after 7 days.
2nr: Gotta switch to Diesel's then, they're my favorite.
2nr: What are your plans after modeling? Are you in school?
TS: Oh my goodness... I go to school right now and am majoring in Child Development, so I would like to do some kind of work involving children one day. I'll either become a teacher or open my own pre-school.
2nr: What's the moment you're most proud of?
TS: My proudest moment in life is when my parents told me how proud of me they are to see me doing the things I am doing, and standing on my own two feet.
2nr: Where can the guys catch you next?
TS: I hope there's a lot more to come. I'm not sure where I'll be next, but I have a feeling this year will be great. You can always catch up with me at my website. TanyaAnnSchafer.com
2nr: And I'm sure they will. Thanks Tanya!!