Businesswoman inspires confidence in girls with custom tutus

Tanesha Triplett’s tutus led to a mentorship program and a new project to give girls confidence and self-esteem.

INDIANAPOLIS — A self-made Indianapolis business owner is making girls and women feel special with custom-made tutus for special occasions.

But Tanesha Triplett’s business is more than that.

The tutus led to a mentoring program and a new project to give girls confidence and self-esteem.

“It’s my full-time job now,” Triplett said. “I make tutus for all ages, all sizes, so they’re for birthday parties, get-togethers, photos, maternity shoots, things like that.”

Tutus by TT offers made-to-measure items in an online store. Triplett has sold hundreds since 2016.

But these are not just fashion accessories. Tutus, Triplett said, are transformative – boosting the self-esteem and confidence of the girls and women who wear them.

“Once you put on a tutu, I feel like it automatically makes you smile. It makes you feel like a princess,” Triplett said.

To take that joy even further, Triplett launched a mentorship program last fall. “Tutus with a Purpose” meets twice a month to help girls aged 7-13 build self-esteem.

“Building trust, teaching leadership, we also do a lot of activities, team building activities,” she said. “So it’s more than just looks. You have to have a purpose.”

“I saw a huge difference. We had girls when they came into the program, they didn’t talk to anyone. They were so shy. And now they’re probably one of the loudest girls,” said said Triplett.

Her latest project puts pen to paper with positive affirmations.

“I feel like I’m smart, that’s the most important thing. Brain before beauty,” Triplett said.

A coloring book called “My Thoughts Matter” features characters in tutus, based on Triplett’s nieces, along with words to inspire.

“Each page has a different positive affirmation. It reminds girls that ‘I’m smart, I’m beautiful, I’m nice,'” Triplett said. I want to have that confidence and not be singled out and know that you’re one of a kind, you’re unique, I feel like that’s just something we need and I have l feel like it’s something that gives you joy and confidence.”

Triplett has sold 100 copies of the coloring book so far, with more sold out. It’s all part of a growing mission to inspire young women to be their best – it started with just one stitch.

“I hope they learn to love each other the way they are. That’s my end goal,” Triplett said. “If I can make a difference in a girl, I feel like my job is done.”

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