PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER CRUZ
CREATIVE DIRECTOR & STYLING BY ROBIAT BALOGUN
MAKEUP BY SEAN HARRIS @THE ONLY.AGENCY
HAIR BY SABRINA PORSCHE
STORY BY MIN A. LEE
Composure Magazine: At just 25 years old, you’ve created a fitness empire! Looking back, what triggered you to start this incredible journey?
Tammy Hembrow: Fitness for me has always been more [about] what it does for my mind. When I work out, I feel so much stronger physically and mentally. It helps clear my thoughts and re-focus. I never thought fitness would become a career for me, but when I started showing my results, everyone wanted to know how. It made sense for me to follow this journey and help others.
CM: With rising success, there’s always hardships and misconceptions. How do you stay grounded and passionate especially when having to maintain a strong online presence?
TH: It’s a lot tougher than I ever imagined. I’ve learned along the way that I can’t please everyone. With love comes hate, and I have no control over that. I try not to let it get to me, and I remind myself of who I am, not who people think I am, and how I got here.
CM: You have two adorable little ones! Parenthood is filled with joy and challenge. How do you balance motherhood and being a career woman?
TH: I won’t lie, it’s a constant struggle, and there is definitely no right way to do it. You have to be flexible and make it work with what’s best for you and your family. My children will always be my first priority, and I take them with me as much as I can.
CM: You founded the popular athleisure line Saski Collection. How did this venture begin?
TH: Fitness and fashion have always been my two passions so combining them together made total sense to me. Saski Collection doesn’t feel like work for me. I love designing new collections and seeing them being worn by strong, confident women!
CM: What’s been the best part of being able to run your own label?
TH: Seeing my creations come to life! It’s quite a long process because I’m not that great at drawing (haha). It’s rare that everyone gets what I mean straight away. I love being able to help women feel more confident and comfortable when working out (and in general). I still pinch myself when I see girls wearing my collections.
CM: Let’s get into a couple of quick style questions! Outside of athleisure, what are some of your favorite fashion labels?
TH: ARE YOU AM I, Daisy, and I.AM.GIA.
CM: Finally, what’s your most treasured fashion piece?
TH: My bags! I have so many, and I can’t stop buying them. Send help!