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Feb 7, 2024

Rewind episode: Ever the expressive and dramatic child, Tanea Smith dreamed of a career as an actress until an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 19 would change the course of her life. An avid journalist since the age of 11, Tanea has always been a lover of words and had a passion for paper. After 13 years as an Executive Assistant, it was while on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter in 2007 that she began thinking about designing a stationery collection of her own.

With the name of a popular song from the 1980’s as her foundation and lots of support from her family, She’s Got Papers was borne. Launched in July 2008 and designed specifically for women is a collection of note cards with illustrations and original quotes that promote positive self love and positive body image, celebrates the power of female friendship and encourages gratitude and in a way that is powerful, witty and thought provoking. While her intention is to carry on the tradition of proper etiquette through letter writing, Tanea’s mission is to encourage, inspire and uplift others with the deeper meaning that each of her pieces possess. The process of putting pen to paper is, in a word she says, “magical”.

Tanea resides in Brooklyn, New York City with her family and couldn’t imagine ever living anywhere else.

"I see life as an occasion. It will make you shout with joy and scream for mercy. It’s miraculous and difficult. Challenging yet wonderful. I’ve taken all of those emotions and the events of my journey and poured them into these collections.

As long as you’re alive you’ll have something to say. From business to social and everything in between, I hope that you’ll trust She’s Got Papers to help you say it the write way."