SFM: Do you think there’s a stigma for women once they reach 40?
ST: Yes! Just because you have children or are over 40, or approaching 50 in my case, doesn’t mean you have to look old and frumpy. It’s just a number! You only have one chance at this life; make the best of it and take care of that body.
SFM: Do you feel women over 40 are underrepresented in fitness?
ST: There isn’t much out there about how to take care of yourself, get in shape, and reach your achievements at a more mature age. You have to eat differently and train differently than when you were in your 20s and 30s. At this point, perimenopause is setting in and that’s a whole different ball game.
SFM: What made you want to start your own company?
ST: I kind of fell into it. As much as I loved modeling, I knew at almost 50 years old that gig had a shelf life. I was trying to decide whether I’d go back to graphic design, or start something new. A friend planted the seed for a fitness line and I ran with it.
SFM: What was the inspiration for your line?
ST: I spend most of my time in workout clothes. I am always on the lookout for fun, brightly colored, funky pants and pieces. In my life before fitness, I was a graphic designer. I decided to merge these two worlds together and design my own. Each item uses my own original artwork printed on fabric from painted canvas art.
SFM: What is your advice for women who’d like to start their own business a bit later in life?
ST: It’s never too late! I have been out of the working world for 15+ years. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. The stimulation has excited me to work hard and try new things. I have evolved so much in the last two years—jumping on planes and traveling by myself. It’s important for women to know that they can re-enter and re-engage in professional life.
SFM: How do you stay disciplined when it comes to both staying fit and being your own boss?
ST: For me it’s kind of one in the same. I have to stay in shape to get modeling jobs and for competitions, which helps build the brand.
SFM: When you wake up in the morning, what comes first: your business or your fitness?
ST: First thing is coffee! I check my messages and social media, respond, eat, then off to the gym!