Kiya Winston is the wife of Mike Tomlin, real name Michael Pettaway Tomlin.
Talking about Mike, he plays the role of a head coach for the National Football League team Pittsburgh Steelers, whereas his better half is recognized as a famous designer.
Had the lady become a designer after the wedding?
Professionally, she is a designer. She started making clothes when she was only four years old. Who else would think so big at that young age, isn't it?
The size matters in designing, due to which it created a blockage in her way. On the occasion of Christmas, she got a sewing machine which gave rise to her passion. Hence, the girl at 11 started to sew.
She had withdrawn from her mother's vague recollections. She involved herself in the patterns by mixing, matching, and putting altogether many ways to create her designs.
She had made dresses, clothes for kids, and fancy dresses for friends at a young age.
Married after graduation
Yes, you heard it right. After two weeks of graduation, Kiya got married to Mike Tomlin. Let's get into the detail about how it started?
Kiya went to a university named William & Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Fortunately, she was engaged as a pre-med student and also a gymnast.
Mike was one year older than her. Talking about his presence, he was a receiver for the football team in school.
Not specific information, but the pair was into love and decided to further their relationship by being officially together forever.
How many children does the adorable couple have?
Talking about the children, Mike and Kiya have three kids altogether. The couple is very much proud to have the presence of their three pillars in their life. They have two sons and a daughter.
Counting from the descending order, the first comes Michael Dean, who was born in 2000, then in a gap of two years, Mason came into this world.
Last but not least comes their daughter Harlyn Quinn, who was born in 2006.
The interesting fact is that their eldest son got an opportunity at his parent's place to play football. However, Dino (oldest son) agreed to the University of Maryland.
Kiya doesn't allow her husband to talk about football at home
While other women are crazy about football, Kiya stays away from it and doesn't show interest in it. She added as her husband is a head coach and everybody around him only wants to talk about his profession.
Home is a personal space, so keeping that in mind, Kiya stated that she doesn't come up with football and neither have a conversation with her spouse in their house.
She even added she doesn't think that her man has to come home for it, nor is it compulsory to talk about his professional life.
Mike Tomlin's dedication to his career
Beginning with the earlier period of his career, he started with a defensive assistant role. Slowly, his career took off and led him to become a head coach in 2007 for the team named Steelers.
We can assume that he is one of the men who are very dedicated to his career and the role he puts up with.
That's why he was able to take up his team, the Steelers, to nine playoff runs three AFC championship games, seven division titles, and many more.
The main achievement he had received was that he could earn the Super Bowl at a young age.
She helped in creating medical masks to assist the health workforce in fighting against Covid-19
Fashion designer and CEO of Kiya Tomlin workshop, Kiya kept herself engaged by utilizing her skills amidst the Covid-19 pandemic by creating medical masks to assist the health workforce in fighting against it.
She had the clothing line since 2014 when she started with Ready-to-wear. Before that, she was a custom designer for close to two decades.
Recently she has been doing wedding gowns and evening wear for special occasions.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit hard and all the non-essential businesses closed down, she got a request from someone from the hospital system in Indiana asking for home sewers to help them create masks.
She thought that was something she could do with her team, who at the time was sitting at their homes, and she was still paying them.
So, she connected with Allegheny Health Network and started her work with her team to design washable, reusable masks.
According to her, it took eight minutes to make a mask, and when she set out to donate, her goal was to donate 500 masks a week.
Along with her team, she was successful in making 400 masks a day.
She confessed to not knowing anything about masks when she initially communicated with Allegheny Health masks.
She quickly realized that they could not make n95, and there was no substitute for it, so they decided to go with CDC-compliant version masks with double-layer cotton.
She said her husband did try on the very first mask for fit purposes.
Mike Tomlin, on being a dad, says his daughter is a challenge
Mike says boys are easy for him, while his daughter is a challenge. His mom has six brothers and six sisters, so he grew up together with his 21 cousins, out of which 18 are males, and three are females.
He got the male interaction down. He says he is learning every day to deal with his daughter, whom he thinks is a challenge.
Mike did not have a relationship with his biological father, who abandoned his mom when he was ten months old.
He says he becomes increasingly aware of the things that he lacks to parent his kids.
It creates hurdles and obstacles because he is not modeling the father-child behavior that he was able to experience.
He added he is often in all of the security his kids display and is aware of the security he lacked in watching them.
Mike also credits his wife for keeping him grounded and maintaining a proper balance and focus regarding what’s important in their lives.
Fashion was just a hobby, and she always wanted to be a surgeon
Though Kiya was naturally gifted with fashion skills, she envisioned herself pursuing a career in medicine because she wanted to be a surgeon.
She said Fashion was just a hobby and considered it a fun and creative outlet.
According to her mother, Susan Winston, despite being an excellent student, she didn’t see the same passion for medicine in Kiya as she did for Fashion, but at the time, she didn’t want to discourage her daughter.
With a dream to become a surgeon, Kiya worked hard to get the scholarship and made it in athletics and academic scholarship and attended William & Mary as an out-of-state student.
While at college, she utilized her spare time making custom clothing for her fellow students.
Then she met her future husband, Mike Tomlin, in the training room at Willaim & Mary. At the time, Kiya was injured from gymnastics and Mike from football.
The duo ended up being engaged at Christmas when Kiya was in her senior year. They got married two weeks after graduation.
Since Mike was working as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis, the couple relocated to Memphis.
Kiya was preparing to take the MCAT, but she changed her mind the day of the exam.
According to Kiya, it was not because of nervousness or anxiousness she changed her mind, but by the time she had already realized that Mike wanted to coach.
She was unaware of Mike wanting to pursue his career in coaching as she thought he would get a master’s degree and then do a regular job, and she would be going to medical school to be a doctor.
She sacrificed her dream of becoming a doctor because Mike was already on his career path, and she was just starting on the medical path.
The couple then relocated to several cities because of Mike’s coaching career. Whichever city they would go to, Kiya would continue custom design and make customers through word-of-mouth.
When the couple once settled in Cincinnati, Kiya joined the fashion design program at the University of Cincinnati, where she learned the foundation of design.
After living in Cincinnati for two years, the couple moved to Florida because of Mike’s coaching position at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The couple welcomed their two sons during their five years in Tampa. As a mom, her priority became her kids, but she did not stop herself from continuing custom designs.
She would put her sons to bed at 9 p.m. and work through the night. Mike became the head coach for the Steelers in 2007, and the family moved to Pittsburgh.
By the time, the family had already expanded to five with the birth of their daughter.
After Kiya came to know about Mike’s routine, she generated an idea of Signature Dress, and the dresses were made up of bamboo, cotton, and spandex, sweatshirt fleece.
According to Kiya, Mike and his team would work out three times a day and have all the laundry and shower facilities.
When Mike would arrive home, he would just take a shower and put clean clothes on. He would get up at five and go to work with the same clothes on.
Kiya then decided to make herself a uniform that she could put on every day.
To make clothing for women to navigate their day with ease, comfort, and class, she launched the Kiya Tomlin Fashion brand in 2014.
She expanded her business in August of 2018, opening The Kiya Tomlin Work/shop in Etna, eight miles north of downtown Pittsburgh and started selling and manufacturing the brand under one roof.
Kiya is an independent lady who designs celebrities' costumes and is an entrepreneur who earns approximately $400,000 to $800,000 per year.
|Net worth||$400,000 to $800,00 approx|
- Her husband, Mike, is 48 years old.
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