I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: Tammy Lynn Darby

Tammy Darby read I Am a Beautiful Rochester WomAn stories in Rochester Women magazine and thought it would be fun, but never expected to be featured in it herself. When she was approached with the opportunity to get a makeover at the Rochester Women’s Fall Expo last year, she jumped at the chance. 


“I love to get dressed up, and I have had a makeover once before, but I do not wear makeup on a daily basis,” explains Tammy.  “I felt like a different person, not only for the way I looked, but for stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting onstage to do the makeover at the 2016 Women’s Fall Expo. I never thought I would be strutting my stuff down a cat walk.”

She enjoyed talking with Katie Kirckof, owner of GLAM Beauty Lounge (formerly BB Make-up) before the makeover and observing what colors Katie used on her. “I would definitely recommend getting a makeover to friends and family. You may get introduced to a color or product that you normally wouldn’t consider trying and you will feel amazing,” says Tammy.  


After the Women’s Fall Expo, Tammy celebrated her friend’s birthday with dinner and had a girls’ night out.


Tammy has three siblings. “I am the second youngest with my sister Tanya following a short 10 minutes after,” she shares. Her mom still lives in the house she grew up in here in Rochester.

Tammy is the proud mother of a 7-year-old son. “I am the mom to the most handsome little man I know. He is an amazing boy and can always put a smile on my face,” she says. “I enjoy taking him to the park, going bowling, playing laser tag and hitting up the arcade. I also try to keep an eye out for other fun, kid-friendly activities around town.”   

“I am always up for a new adventure,” says Tammy. She enjoys traveling (sometimes spontaneously) with friends, spending time with family, cooking, entertaining, kayaking and hiking. 

Tammy tries to get a workout in every day, even if it is a quick one. “I have also been trying to incorporate a more clean diet into my lifestyle.” 


Tammy lives with non-alcoholic cirrhosis. About five years ago she was told she would need a liver transplant, and two years ago was officially put on the transplant list. She tries not to let it impact her daily life or dwell on it. She recognizes that it has made her who she is today, tries to stay positive and believes that everything will work out according to God’s plan. 

An important cause for Tammy is advocating for #donatelife. “Did you know one organ donor can save up to eight lives? The same donor can also improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes. More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants,” she explains. 


“I am unique. There is no one else out there like me. I have had my share of challenges—everybody does, and they make you who you are. It’s up to you how to deal with them. You can let them get you down, or you can overcome them. Remember, every challenge you overcome makes you stronger,” advises Tammy.

The best advice she can give to other women is, “Do what makes you happy; don’t let anyone get your down or stand in your way. You cannot control how people treat you, but you can control how you react to it. Be the good in the world!”

We Are All Beautiful Rochester Women
If you are interested in getting a mini-makeover, having your photo taken and appearing in Rochester Women magazine, contact Jorrie Johnson at jorrie@RWmagazine.com or 507-259-6362.