Peloton's Tunde Oyeneyin on the Secret to Sweat-Proof Makeup and How Representation Can Change Your Life
Those familiar with her workouts likely know what I'm referring to. During her Peloton rides, Oyeneyin pushes the people in her class to make it through a tough 45-minute Tabata ride while encouraging them to be vulnerable and find their inner strength — all while sharing personal experiences with powerful music playing in the background.
In a recent conversation with InStyle, Oyeneyin shared some of the moments that have made her feel grateful despite loss, how representation has helped her to find herself, and the secret to sweat-proof makeup.
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"I have very dark skin, and when I was a kid it was really rare to see Black women in advertisements— this was the early 90s. I walked into a drugstore with my mom, looked up, and saw this campaign with three Black women — it was Iman, Beverly [Johnson], and Louise [Vyent Holland]. I just sat there and stared because I had never seen Black women [in ads] to showcase beauty. It's one thing to see someone selling you a burger for a food chain, but to say hey, this is cosmetics, we're selling the beauty product, and these women are beautiful — that meant something to me," Oyeneyin shares. "So to now be a part of the Revlon family where the concept and idea of beauty started for me, it's really full circle."
Having the huge platform that she does is something Oyeneyin says she never takes it for granted, and it's one of the reasons she started her S.P.E.A.K. series, which stands for surrender, power, empathy, authenticity, and knowledge. On her , she spotlights stories and voices of those who have thrived and shown resilience in the face of adversity. Of the guests she's interviewed on it, such as Allyson Felix and Venus Williams, she shares one conversation that's really stuck with her has been the one she had with Cynthia Erivo.
"She's one of the most brilliant performers — not just of our time, but of ever ever," she begins. "She talked about how growing up, there were only so many roles that she could play lead in as a Black woman, because only so many Black stories, or stories that required a Black woman as the lead, were being told. And so I thought about that, and you think about systemic racism and about evolution in time and opportunities. When she said that, I asked myself how many times that has happened — how many other Cynthia Erivos went unnoticed, undiscovered."