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March 17, 1972 |
Wisconsin, United States
In 2001, she founded a real estate company that bought and renovated houses.
In her years in the construction industry, Paige found a void in the marketplace when it came to women's tools and products. "I had such a hard time finding gloves and tool belts that fit me. I would constantly have to take men’s gear and drill extra holes or use duct tape in order to get equipment to fit me." With that in mind, Paige founded Tuff Chix, Inc., dedicated to performance workwear for women that is durable and fashionable. Tuff Chix is inspired by Hemmis' own hard work and determination and features such items as pink work gloves, boots and tool belts. In 2006, she released her first book, The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement, to inspire other women to tackle DIY projects with confidence. She is currently working to develop television and film projects through her Tuff Entertainment Group.
In 2009, she appeared on the competition reality show The Superstars in which she and partner Bode Miller took second place. She also serves as a spokesperson for several charities including Habitat for Humanity and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Paige considered her role on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition "a blessing" and felt "extremely fortunate to make her living helping others." "It's amazing that we get the opportunity to travel our country helping families redefine the place they call home. It’s an honor to help, and my life will be forever changed by it."
In an interview with CBN.com, Hemmis reflects on how her Catholic upbringing fostered a desire in her to help others. Tasked with completing 40 hours of community service work, Hemmis was initially overwhelmed by the commitment. She soon realized that volunteering was worth the time and effort. "I remember thinking in the beginning what a chore that was. And towards the end thinking how good it made me feel to be able to give back. So, I love that I had that background in helping people. It was instilled in me from when I was a little girl."
- Extreme Makeover Home Edition (2004–2012)
- The Superstars (2009) (ABC)
- "Alumnus of the Year - Profiles". Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- Home Edition's Paige Hemmis Talks about Faith and Helping Others", CBN.com.