When I heard that Kristi Yamaguchi had skated her way into the fitness fashion industry, I thought to myself: well, it’s about time. I have always admired Kristi for her unparalleled athleticism on the ice, classy style, and ladylike demeanor. Unlike many athletes today, she’s doesn’t try to push buttons with abstract performances or in-your-face fashion. She keeps it real and always looks amazing.
Her days of competing on the ice may be over but Kristi pairs great fashion choices with smart exercise routines, like the cardio circuit-training workout in her Power Workout DVD.
I was honored to interview Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skating champion turned fashion designer, about her active wear collection called Tsu.ya.
Interview with Kristi Yamaguchi
Q. Kristi, where did the inspiration for your clothing line, Tsu.ya, come from? Does the name Tsu.ya have meaning?
A. Inspiration came from the needs I saw in my own wardrobe. What I want to wear as a busy, active, on-the-go mom. I also wanted to start a lifestyle brand like that of Newman’s Own–a philanthropic minded brand to support the work of my Always Dream Foundation (for early childhood literacy). Tsu.ya is my middle name, also my Grandmother’s name. It’s a family name and it’s literal translation is “shiny, luster”.
Q. You always look so stylish – whether you are working out or hanging out! Can you share your go-to fit look?
A. Well, with Tsu.ya it’s easier for me to look stylish for my workouts! I love wearing pieces from the BLING group, like the Bling Fashion Top, Skirt Legging and Jacket. These looks got a lot of inspiration from my skating days.
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Contributing Editor, Bianca Jade, a leading lifestyle, beauty and fitness expert, is the founder and editor of top fitness, fashion and wellness website, MizzFIT.com. Known to her readers as MizzFIT, Jade brings the latest trends in fitness apparel and accessories from around the globe, highlighting active wear from both emerging designers and major luxury sportswear brands. Through her writing, Jade is continuously committed to furthering a movement of feel-good exercise and female empowerment.