Wisconsin is not a place for your average model or actress. But then again, Tamara Purifoy, born and raised in Milwaukee, is not your average model or actress. As a little girl Tamara loved to be the center of attention and loved to be in front of the camera posing and taking pictures. “My mother took notice and started taking me on different casting calls which ultimately landed me at John Casablancas Modeling School at age 15.” At age seventeen Tamara decided that she wanted to focus on highschool yet she couldn’t stray far away from being the need to be the center of attention. She focused on theatre and loved to act and be in front of the camera.
After a year of pursuing modeling in her hometown she landed a few big gigs and a calendar spread. The promising young model and actress’s hunger to succeed in the industry drew her to a larger stage in Atlanta, GA. Arriving in Atlanta was a bit different but Tamara embraced the challenges daily by going on castings every day. Eventually she earned her spot in a few different projects. These projects included appearing in a Miller Lite print ad, being featured in a spread of OMIGAWD Magazine in 2008, and being featured on the cover of the magazine in 2009. Tamara was also featured in Upscale Magazine’s Celebrity Hair Issue in 2008.
Tamara has been featured in many music videos including but not limited to R&B Singer Case’s video – ‘Lovely ‘& Nelly Feat. Pharrell’s video – ‘Let it Go’ to name a couple. Tamara also tested her hand at hosting appearing on BETs Black Carpet and Ae2online.com where she interviewed several celebrities including Ludacris and Shawnna for Remys Listening Party for Ludacris. Tamara was a Promotional Model for the DUB Car Show in 2008 and also been a Promotional Model for Remy since 2008.
Tamara has made a few television roles appearing in Atlanta Homicide in 2008. She was also featured in a full-episode of the second season of BET’s Hell Date. “I was shocked I had no idea that I was on Hell Date, They told me that it was a pilot like the TV show Elimidate. I had so much fun though, it was a great experience and I enjoyed it.”
After three years in this industry thus far, Tamara has definitely started taking the necessary steps on her journey towards success. She aspires to become an actress and a spokes-model for a cosmetic line. Like the Beautiful women before her, this 20-something model/actress is inspired by the careers of Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe. Far from where she has started but still far from where she wants to be, Tamara is excited about the possibilities and still has the same passion for the industry that she came in with. With some major things in the works Tamara is humbly carrying out her passion to succeed in this extremely competitive industry. Once a little girl from a state better recognized more for dairy products than talent, Tamara refuses to surrender her dreams to be anything less than successful.