Introducing Bianca Teixeira

A stroll with Queen bee

By Mike Reid

Bianca Teixeira on Queen Street | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca Teixeira on Queen Street | Photo by Mike Reid

I sit down in the lobby of Bee’s condo waiting for her to arrive. I’m early, and to be frank, I’m never early, but if I was late for the photo shoot and interview Bianca would give me hell. Not in the ‘angry diva’ way, more in the ‘little sister making fun of you in front of your high school crush’ way. It’s the nature of our relationship. We keep each other on our toes and make fun of each other.

Bianca: M-i-i-i-i-i-i-ke! 

I hear her before I see her. I look up to see the beauty in a blue dress strolling out of the elevator with a stride that mirrors the confidence of a CEO and the grace of a princess. That image is quickly replaced with the fast clicking of heels as she runs full steam towards me in tall black pumps and gives me a big hug. 

Bianca: Let’s go, these shoes have a short window of walking around time. Then I become a pumpkin and I want flats and a burger.

I told her we’d grab dinner after our photos. I’ve known Bianca for the better part of five years. We’ve worked together creating digital content for Gillette Drafted, reported on a fashion show for Flare Magazine, and co-hosted and wrote an advice column called 'He Said She Said Series' (the latter can be found here at Good Read Magazine). She’s my sister from another mister.

Bianca Teixeira sending a text | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca Teixeira sending a text | Photo by Mike Reid

I decided to interview her because, despite working together and getting along like two silly siblings, there are still some things I don’t know about the devil in a blue dress. What I do know is she’s funny, charming, sarcastic and stylish as hell. I’ve never seen her wear the same outfit twice, which makes me fear for her fiance’s closet space. I wonder how old she was when she was stung by the fashion bug.
 
Bianca: One of my first memories is from preschool or first grade. My parents came to pick me up from school and they were wearing black on black with cool leather pieces. I think that was the first time I ever thought “Whoa, those clothes are awesome!”  

Bianca definitely has an eye for style. As the Associate Digital Editor at Contempo Media, she’s an emerging voice in the world of fashion. That voice is heard through her writing. She currently writes for Sharp, The Book of Men and S/Style. Bee has also written for numerous other publications in the past like Huffington Post, Fashion Magazine, and Toronto Standard to name a few. So where did her passion for writing first develop?

Bianca: My parents really advocated a creative space. I was reading from a very young age and my mom always said I’d be writing for a living (even though she always tried to talk me into med school!) My parents were the best, they even let me read during dinner. Which was probably why I took forever to eat. Still do.

Bianca Giggling as always | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca Giggling as always | Photo by Mike Reid

We continue taking photos as we stroll down Queen Street West in Toronto, Canada. The photo shoot is a combination of stylish and silly as we create a back story that everyone driving by and walking past must think she’s a famous model or actress. Our back stories continue to get more elaborate and eventually we’re just laughing at nothing and everything. Bee is clever and witty, she has a mixture of sassy and self-deprecating humour that always makes me laugh. I ask her in general what makes her laugh.

Bianca: I’m a real giggler. It doesn’t take much to get me going. Even jokes that are a little taboo. I still get laughing when I think of one horrible joke a friend of mine made. I can’t even tell you the context.

As the sun sets we talk about first jobs, favourite jobs, and what’s on the horizon. 

Bianca: I worked at a banquet hall when I was 14 setting up spaces for weddings and showers. It was both fun and the worst. It goes back to people being great and terrible. As far as favourite jobs: for a short period of time I would be a guest/occasional co-host on Proud FM's morning show with my good friend. It was so much fun, it made the 3 am wake-up call worth it. I have a few press trips on the horizon, which are always amazing and let me get out of the office for a few days. 

Bianca taking a break to message her boo | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca taking a break to message her boo | Photo by Mike Reid

We decide to keep shooting as we head to the Drake Hotel to grab a bite to eat. We talk about our younger selves and what lessons we wish we’d learned earlier.

Bianca: That being a writer is a hard ass job with little pay. Or that the industry as a whole was going to be as bad as it is. I might have paid attention in biology and actually listened to my mom about med school. (Haha)

If that’s the case, how does she define success? Dr. Bianca Teixeira has a good ring to it. 

Bianca: Doing something that you absolutely love every day. I worked somewhere I hated for a few months and in all honestly, the regular pay cheques weren’t worth it. I like Steven Soderbergh’s idea of only doing something if you’d do it for free. I’ve done a lot of free work in the last 5 years and I loved every minute of it. Even if I cried during it at the time. BUT at some point, it's so important to realize that if you're good at it, you need to start charging.

Bianca and Graffiti | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca and Graffiti | Photo by Mike Reid

That’s good, I’m much more comfortable with Bianca the talented writer and editor than Bianca the surgeon, not to say that she couldn’t be a sophisticated doctor.

Bianca: I think when people first meet me, they’re surprised at how awkward and goofy I am. I don’t pretend to be sophisticated, I’m the person dropping food on the floor at a fancy event. And then eating it, there, I said it.

At the diner, we proceed to order everything in sight. For a thin little woman, Bee eats as much as me. which is great, I love when people appreciate food. Our food arrives and we chat about the places we find inspiration. 

Bianca: Writers. I read articles, essays, reviews and anything else I can get my cursor on every day. I’m always wishing I had the writing skills of some of my favourite writers. They inspire me to keep working and writing to get better. But they also make me curl up in bed and attempt selling my soul for their articulation

Bianca at the Drake Hotel | Photo by Mike Reid

Bianca at the Drake Hotel | Photo by Mike Reid

Don’t let her fool you. Bianca’s no slouch. She’s a talented writer who’s interviewed countless actors including the legendary Christopher Plummer. She’s been flown to Europe on assignment to drive luxury cars through the French alps. Every day she’s shaping the digital content on Sharp Magazine “Canada’s only national magazine for affluent, influential men.” She is too humble to admit it but from interning at eTalk to working her way to the head office of a publishing and creative company is no small feat. I’m just excited to see what she does next.