As a part of our Black Leaders Day celebration, we are sharing the stories of our Black instructors and supporting the causes that matter most to them.
Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Tiara Skinner. She’s a certified IBBFA Barre Instructor and Beachbody Coach.
Read more about Tiara below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for a class.
Q&A with Tiara Skinner
• Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a fitness instructor. How did you get started? Is there an achievement you’re particularly proud of?
I’m a registered Dental Hygienist and love my career but love being my boss so much more. I was so tired of the 9 to 5 job working for someone else. Having to request off when I wanted to take a trip.
I have a passion for health and fitness and love Ballet. Becoming a Barre (Ballet-inspired fitness) instructor has become one of the best career moves I could have made.
I’m living by my own rules and changing lives along the way!
• What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
“Visualize your highest self and start showing up like that”
• What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership to me is being an example and inspiring others to dream more, learn more, and do more. Being authentic and sharing that organically makes a great leader.
• How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
I think being a black professional in the boutique fitness world you become accustomed to being the only brown girl in the room. Always standing out, not exactly in the most positive light but feeling like an outsider is something you find to be a consistent trend. I want to bring Barre to the African American and Brown communities and spread the love and joy for Ballet-inspired fitness through my passion and affordable classes.
• We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association has introduced golf to minority children in the Orlando area for many decades. They have refocused the minds of the young and impressionable inner-city kids to the world of patience, focus, honesty, and learning to accept the uncontrollable.
OMYGA is especially special to me because they have been changing the trend of Golf being a boring all-white sport, to kids excelling and becoming true golf athletes. We have evolved and we are learning the game of all sports and mastering it at a great pace.
• Is there someone in the Black community or a figure in history who inspires you and whom you wish more folks knew about? We’d love to hear about them!
While Rosa Parks made history for all the right reasons, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat for a white person months before Parks did, per NPR. She was only 15 years old at the time. Her mother encouraged her to not speak of it and to let Rosa get the attention because of her more fair skin. She said, “The whites liked her more and would be more accepting of her”. I think she needs to be recognized for her bravery.