September 14, 2016

Behind the curtains at New York Fashion Week, one would find models, frenzied stylists and makeup artists going through hours of preparation for a few fleeting moments on the catwalk. But amidst all the chaos backstage, hidden in a safe corner, lies the food. You would think there’d be a wide selection of healthy options to choose from, because after all, they’re models who need to look after their bodies. However, the offerings are actually pretty counterintuitive to maintaining their slim physiques. Cheese, crackers, cookies, sandwiches, processed granola bars and even cans of soda are amongst the can be found on the craft services table.



Theresa Krier, who’s worked backstage for several seasons, had been observing how models avoid drinking anything before their shows because of the limited options. As an avid tea drinker, she sought to address this issue by creating her own line of chic organic and herbal teas called Big T NYC. Partnering with designers every season, the brand was launched backstage at Fashion Week, aiming to keep models cool, calm and collected before the show. It’s gained traction ever since, and once it was made available to the public, it garnered a fanbase which includes actresses such as Holland Roden and Nikki Bella, and models like Alexandra Richards and Leomie Anderson.

Not only are Theresa’s teas tasty, they also provide health benefits. Her bestselling organic green tea features Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful catechin and antioxidant that has been proven to raise the body’s metabolic rate to burn fat. Another one of her tea blends contain goji berries, elderberries, currants and rose petals – a cocktail that’s packed with antioxidants to shield the skin from free radicals, keeping it healthy and glowing.

While it’s cool to get on board the detox tea train, you don’t have to shell out extra money for these exclusive blends. All you need to do is to keep your eyes peeled for key ingredients that are organic the next time you make a grocery shopping trip. Seeing how flawless these models’ complexions are, brewing a cup of tea for ourselves everyday doesn’t seem too much of a hassle.

Main Image: Hellessy Spring/Summer ’17, courtesy Aveda
Post Image: Big T NYC