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Tiffani Joseph worked long hours in front of a computer and wasn’t a huge fan of going to the gym. But she knew that she needed to find a way to include fitness into her busy schedule. This initial thought was the catalyst that led to the launch of SkinnyMe Bangles in January.
SkinnyMe Bangles, the company’s first product, provides women with a fashionable alternative to traditional velcro wrist weights and a solution for toning their arms throughout the day without disrupting their normal routines. T-shirts are also for sale exclusively on the company’s website.
I recently caught up with Tiffani to learn more about how she launched SkinnyMe Fashion and what’s next for her young company.
MadameNoire (MN): Can you explain what SkinnyMe Fashion is all about for someone who may be hearing about your company for the first time?
Tiffani Joseph (TJ): SkinnyMe is all about helping women feel better about themselves by offering a stylish bangle that is both functional and fashionable. With SkinnyMe Bangles women can live life and [tone] their arms.
MN: Are you working on SkinnyMe Fashion full-time?
TJ: No. I’m currently a full-time copywriter, so I write commercials for a living. I just launched SkinnyMe earlier this year, so it’s still in start-up mode. But as soon as I find myself unable to juggle both, I will fully commit to SkinnyMe (hopefully sooner rather than later).
MN: What was the inspiration behind SkinnyMe Bangles?
TJ: I spend a lot of time at work sitting in front of a computer and I felt like I wasn’t doing my body any good. On top of that, I’m not a gym person; I find them intimidating. So I figured if I could come up with a product that would help my body in any way, I would have solved a big problem for myself and possibly a lot of other women.
MN: What obstacles or challenges did you face as you were looking to launch SkinnyMe?
TJ: Money! I knew it would be hard to launch a business and then keep a it afloat, so I launched an Indiegogo project late last year. It wasn’t [fully funded], but I kept going and luckily I was able to gain enough support to get SkinnyMe off the ground.
Once I knew I wanted to make SkinnyMe happen, I began putting a little money aside every paycheck. I also offered my friends and family a small percentage of the business for their investment.
MN: Did manufacturers understand your concept? How many samples did you have to get made before you found the perfect prototype for the bangles?
TJ: The manufacturers understood the fitness part of it, but they didn’t understand the fashion part of it and I was very adamant that the bangles look chic and not like clunky pieces of mess. It took us four rounds to get the sample right!
Many of us were already aware that new X Factor judge Kelly Rowland was working with a bangin’ body, but for those of us who may have forgotten just how bangin’ that body is, the October issue of Shape Magazine serves as a great reminder. Inside, the “Dirty Laundry” singer talks about her intense workout schedule, “problem areas” and practicing self-control when it comes to food cravings.
On her weekly workout schedule:
“I work out five or six times a week. I feel better, look better, sleep better….Being fit makes me feel s*xy. Isn’t that everyone’s goal when they work out, to look good n*ked?”
On her “problem area:”
“As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her. But my behind is getting higher and tighter. Exercise really does change your body.”
On controlling food cravings:
“When I want a steak, I grill some Portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them,” she says. “And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana.”
On getting personal with “Dirty Laundry:”
“When I was writing [the song], I thought my story of abuse was too personal to share, but my manager reminded me that so many women are in similar situations—and that as an artist I’m supposed to be vulnerable.”
Doesn’t she look AMAZING?
Keep your eyes on the prize, ladies. The sexual revolution, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Oprah, the shifting economy… there are countless components that have gone into the progress and success of women in the world, in the home, and in the workplace. Women have advanced in media, in politics, in sciences and in big business, and they’ve done this by utilizing skill sets, and by identifying and actualizing goals that they’ve set for themselves. While every woman can’t be Condoleezza Rice or Martha Stewart, every woman can set certain goals in place for herself so that life may be as fulfilling as possible.
Dwayne Wade walked away a champion after an intense game against the San Antonio Spurs last week. Now the Heat guard has another reason to celebrate: the release of his new fitness app, reports Black Health Zone.
The app, “Dwayne Wade Driven” allows you to sculpt your body while simultaneously work on your basketball skills. During a press release, Wade explained that there was nothing else like his app on the market.
“[M]y Driven App provides a great workout program that guides you step by step through the exercises,” Wade said. “I’m excited for my fans and aspiring athletes to have access to the drills and moves that make me stand out on the court.”
Users will be provided with an opportunity to see a snippet of how NBA superstars train for the big games during the season. The app allows buyers to watch tailor-made training programs as well as videos of other basketball players.
Dwayne Wade acknowledges that many people do not workout at the gym, but would rather break a sweat at home. “So it’s kind of like I’m the personal trainer for basketball and fitness,” he said “I’ll show them a lot of things I do with my body and for my body.”
Jumping into the digital market is a very smart business move on Wade’s part and it will stack up nicely along with his $17 million salary. “Apps are so big now, so important and everyone has them on their phones,” Wade said. He believes this is the best way to broadcast his basketball training secrets.
Dwayne Wade Driven is now $3.99 in the iTunes Store. Will you purchase it?
She’s a knockout! Second-time mom Laila Ali revealed her slim and trim bikini body for PEOPLE, and the best part? She’s sharing her secrets! She tells the magazine how she got back into fighting shape after giving birth to her daughter, Sydney in 2011.
Laila stepped out of her comfort zone for her first-ever bikini photo shoot: “I’m kind of shy, I’m not one of those people whose comfortable walking around with my butt out. But I had a baby, I got my weight down and I’m always talking about fitness and health. It’s time to show people what I’m working with.”
After giving birth to her son, CJ, the athlete learned that a healthy approach was key. This time around, she kept it balanced and consistent to reach her goal: “I’m naturally a big girl. I have to work to be fit. I love running. I run three times a week and I do strength training and weights. And sometimes I throw a little spinning in there.”
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
We’re here to banish one stereotype right now: brown girls do work out! From the gym to the basketball court and atop mountain trails, we’re keeping fit, healthy and strong!
And with dance inspired workout classes like Zumba, and organizations like Black Girls RUN! that foster a sisterhood, it’s never been easier to find a workout that’s just for you!
Now that the bikini season is literally around the corner and the weather’s getting warmer, we have some fitspiration to get you up and at them this weekend. Whether it’s a lap around the track, a swim or a hike, or break your best booty pop out at Zumba, let these strong ladies inspire you to be your best, most fit self!
From Christina Milian to Misty Copeland, check out some of fave ladies of color getting their work out on!
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There will always be debates on how to show a man you’re worthy of him keeping you around by doing certain things. I’m not too sure what works and what doesn’t work in terms of making a man stick around and showing him you’re not just wifey material but should be his wife. What I do know is, you should’t knock it until you try it and do what you feel is appropriate because every man– and woman — is different. Check out some of the most notable “make him keep you” advice around. What’s worked for you and what hasn’t?
When it comes to exercise, it’s hard for someone else to determine whether or not it’s time for a change. Exercise is a personal thing and your workout routine results and problems can only be recognized by you. No matter if you’re a novice to physical fitness or an expert, there’s always wiggle room for change when it comes to your workout routine. Here are 14 signs that you need to switch up your exercise regime ASAP!
When it comes to trainers, one size does not fit all. And since you’ll inevitably be paying a pretty penny to get a pretty derriere, you want to be sure you and your trainer have the same vision for that trim/toned/buff/bootylicous or whatever figure you’re going for. So how do you choose the perfect trainer who will motivate, challenge, and get you?
Thirsting For Tracee Ellis Ross’s Curls Changed My Life: How My Hair Journey Turned Into A Holistic Health Journey
Though it is a bit embarrassing to admit now, my going natural was a very vain venture in the beginning. All I wanted was a bouncy, juicy ‘fro like Tracee Ellis Ross.
That was it.
That was my sole reason and goal. So I transitioned for about two and a half years with a series of semi-big chops, weaves, hundreds of dollars worth of product-junkism and perhaps a gold mine worth of psychotherapy behind seeking a head full of someone else’s hair with no luck in that direction.
What I didn’t fully understand until the past few months is that I educated myself immensely in the way of health and fitness and just total body care all while seeking that infamous “Joan Clayton ‘fro.”
I was beginning to love my hair and take my health more seriously in a way I had never given a second thought to, being that my metabolism has always been so high that at my heaviest I was 120 lbs. and at my smallest (yes, even in my adult life) I am 105 lbs. I was researching clean-eating regimens and which foods battle cancer the best. I was keeping journals of my goals both heath-related and faith-related. I was taking a more active approach to my holistic health than I ever deemed necessary before.
And it felt good. I felt good. I was no longer only concerned with the best ways to turn thin hair into thick luxurious locks. Or how to best attain length. My focus was shifting toward the overall HEALTH of my hair and body and mind. I started to accept that I inherently have thinner hair and embraced that fact, choosing styles that best accentuate what I love about myself. I embraced the fact that I am thin and began to work toward maintain healthy weight and eating habits.
I looked up one day and realized that from wanting Joan Clayton hair I was now a more socially conscious young woman, reading the labels of my hair products to make sure they were “Cruelty Free.” It’s even to the point that I take the time to research the different superstores where I purchase my hair and body products to ensure their employment practices are suitable. I recently decided to stop patronizing one superstore in particular when I found that they do no support unions for their employees.
I sat down one day and looked at all I had become, just from one vain moment of wanting to be like someone else and gave a laugh of joyful amazement. I loved who I was becoming. I LOVED her. It wasn’t just about a pretty ‘fro anymore – although once I stopped obsessing over it, my ‘fro decided to be the flyest chick in the game. No offense, Tracee, you’ll always be my inspiration!
This natural hair movement (and it IS a movement) morphed from the silliest of vanities to the most revelatory all-encompassing experiences of my life. And the deeper I choose to go, the more I’m consequently choosing to grow.
My hope for all who are embarking on the natural journey is that you find the same peace, sense of self, consciousness and zest for life that I found.
La Truly’s writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women through her writing. Check her out on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly and AboutMe www.about.me/latruly.