Ionic2 Tab Text/Icon Styling

I understand that ion-tabs / ion-tab have certain properties exposed through attribute directives. Furthermore, I can figure out which tab is selected by using ViewChild decorators and the getSelected() method on the ion-tabs element.

What I can’t figure out is how to directly affect the styling of the tab links (icon + text) themselves. I would like them to grow bigger than they grow by default when they are selected. The problem is that if I apply a conditional class to the an individual ion-tab element, that is not the context in which the anchor section is nested.

Maybe I’m just totally down the wrong rabbit hole here. Can someone please set me straight?