E! has a really fantastic recap of what some of Peloton’s most popular instructors did before joining the company.
When looking at Tunde Oyeneyin‘s backstory, we learn that she used to be a makeup artist in Los Angeles.
You gotta appreciate the former beauty guru‘s glow-up. Because, frankly, she already thought she was living the life as a Los Angeles-based makeup artist when she felt the urge to clip in at an indoor cycling studio while in New York for a gig. Shelling out $40, “I’m resenting the class before the class has even begun,” she admitted of the experience. “Then 45 minutes later, I leave in a state of euphoria. I literally skipped back to my hotel room.”
It was then that she experienced what she called a premonition: “I felt this blue wave of light rush over my body, and I knew I would be cycling for the rest of my life. I knew I would be teaching.” Back home in LA, as she informed her friends she’d be wiping away her makeup career to become a fitness instructor, she was surprised when “they said it sounded like the best thing I could do for myself.”
They weren’t wrong. The notoriously positive Houston native, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, said she misses “nothing” about her old life. “Everything that my career in makeup gave me – which was the ability to gift people with a feeling, confidence – I get that at Peloton in a mass and grand way,” she insisted.
Which is basically what she said back in that initial interview with Peloton VP Robin Arzón. “I told her, ‘If I get this job, I know that part of my life’s work will be to allow other people to know that anything is possible.’ If this can happen for me – a child of immigrant parents, a child who struggled with her weight for her entire life, a child who suffered with her own self confidence – if this can happen for me, it can happen for anyone.”
The entire article is a great read and shows the diverse background of Peloton’s instructor base.