Sasha Brown

Although we discussed her back in 2010, Sasha Brown has been on our minds again lately. This is probably because she did so well in the IFBB Tournament of Champions this year (taking fourth place). After moving to the US in 2005 to focus on her career in fitness modeling and personal training, she found her tomboy upbringing gave her an edge in figure competitions. Maybe it was the well-rounded athletic background, but her stunning and exotic looks don’t hurt either. She got started in fitness when she saw pictures of Monica Brant in a magazine, and was inspired to be better than the average lady. For whatever reason (and there’s certainly no excuse for it), Sash grew up continually being told and feeling like she was not good enough. Continue reading “Sasha Brown”

Michelle Lewin

Initially, Michelle Lewin used weightlifting and bodybuilding to stay in shape for modeling gigs. But she loved the look and the feeling, and got more and more into fitness modeling. She dipped her toe in the pool in a NPC bikini contest, and never looked back. She did a Playboy shoot or two a few years ago in South America, but now lives in South Florida. She is 27 years old, and 5’4″ tall.

Her physique is great for a fitness model. She is a real hardbody. Her lower body – legs and glutes – seems to be more developed than her upper body. But that tiny waist is the clincher. When she slides that smile on her face and twists those hips to flex her abs, bam she has got it locked in. You’ll notice a thrilling little splay of freckles at the bottom of her neck right at cleavage level. more Michelle Lewin

Maria Vasi

Maria Vasi is a twenty eight year old goddess from the shores of Greece. She was born in Greece, but grew up in the United States. She currently resides in New York. Her measurements:
height 5’4″
weight 126 lbs
Bust 36DD
Waist 25″
Hips 38″

With her dark hair and dark eyes and – wow – that booty, Maria is obviously going to go a long way in the world of fitness modeling. Maria says she works hard to stay in shape, and is super-disciplined when it comes to what she eats. Nutrition is about 75% of the equation, while training is 25%, at lest for Maria. more Maria Vasi

Alice Matos

Alice Matos is from Southern Brazil, where they absolutely never mess around with their fitness objectives. She says she has always looked up to Larissa Reis, another Brazilian fitness babe. Alice got hooked on competing in fitness after stepping on stage for the first time and feeling that magical thrill. She has great abs, and seems to struggle with her quads a bit. She does travel on occasion, and has competed at the Arnold Classic Bikini contest in Columbus Ohio.

You can always tell when a model is comfortable with her body. Alice stays in shape year-round and it seems to show in every single one of her photo shoots. The life of a fitness model is challenging, since you have to stay lean and be ready to shoot at the drop of a hat. Alice has obviously worked with her fair share of talented photographers, who have done a great job of capturing her incredible beauty and alluringly muscular physique. more Alice Matos

Lindsay Messina

Lindsay Messina has been on the cover of Oxygen Magazine I think five times now. In 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. You might think something bad happened in 2011, but don’t worry she was actually a spokesmodel that year for Oxygen at the Arnold Classic.

Lindsay stays pretty busy in the industry. Here’s a list of her whereabouts in 2011:
– WBFF Judge
– Promoter for TEAM ROCKSTAR
– NY DIVA Workshops
– Dream Tan Spokes Model at The Arnold Classic
– Oxygen Spokes Model at The Arnold Classic
– Featured in REPS! Magazine
– Max fit Girl
– Cover of Fit & Firm Magazine
– Cover in Status Magazine
And then there was 2010:
– Featured Model for the AB Roller Ad
– WBFF Fit&Firm Magazine Cover Model
– Oxygen Magazine Cover
– Knock out Abs Ad
– Model Seminar at the Fitness Universe
– Model Seminar at the Fitness America
– Hosted Fitness Universe

There are seasoned, well-connected, mainstream models who don’t get this much work or stay this busy. How does she do it? Of course part of it is the way she looks. She is beautiful and has a perfect body. But don’t discount the attitude and the brainpower. This gal knows how to network, how to help other people and encourage them to help her. more Lindsay Messina

Lindsay Kaye Revisited

Since we haven’t talked about her since 2010, it is time to revisit Miss Lindsay Kaye. Not only has it been a couple of years, but I get several emails a month where people ask where they can find more info about Lindsay. Also, as if we need any other excuses, she is smoking hot and we like looking at her!

You can find Lindsay’s website here. Lindsay was featured in the 2011 issue of Flex magazine, and she recently signed with Controlled Labs as a spokesmodel. The business side of fitness modeling seems to come easily to Lindsay, maybe because she is so good-looking that opportunities always seem to come her way.

As you can see in these photos, Lindsay’s look varies from fit, to athletic and muscular. She has a very balanced physique, with no single muscle group standing out above the others. Her dark, exotic look really gives a sultry spin to her presentation. more Lindsay Kaye

Natalie Waples

Natalie Waples, who placed 5th in the Figure portion of the 2012 Toronto Supershow, grew up in Ontario Canada before moving to Ottawa to pursue a degree in Commerce. It’s interesting that Natalie was always active and involved in sports, but also showed particular interest in beauty and modeling pageants. Both activities tended to lend her experience and build expertise for a career in fitness modeling and figure competitions.

Natalie started competing in fitness/figure in 2006, and earned her pro card in 2008. As you can see from the list below, she has entered many contests. In the last few years, it seems like her results have become more consistent. She says she believes in a very natural expression of fitness and beauty. She does the best she can when she competes, but she always tries to be healthy and positive, and act as a role model for other women in the sport or trainees she coaches.

2012 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza 2nd
2012 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow 5th
2012 IFBB California Pro Figure 9th
2012 IFBB Europa Show of Champions Orlando 7th
2011 IFBB Border States Pro Figure 4th
2011 IFBB Houston Pro 16th
2011 IFBB Olympia 16th
2011 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure NP
2011 IFBB Toronto Pro Super Show 13 th
2011 IFBB California Pro Figure 3rd
2011 IFBB Optimum Classic Pro Figure & Bikini 13th
2010 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Figure 16th
2010 IFBB Border States Pro Figure 7th
2010 IFBB Europa Super Show 9th
2010 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions 9th
2010 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships 8th
2009 IFBB Sacramento 15th
2009 IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Pro Fitness & Figure 14th
2009 IFBB California State Pro Figure Championships 20th
2009 IFBB Europa Show of Champions 12th
2008 IFBB North American Bodybuilding and Figure Championships 1st
2008 IFBB Arnold Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness And Figure Contest 1st
2007 IFBB North American Championships 4th

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Swann Cardot

In addition to an unforgettable name, Swann Cardot is known for an amazing body. She started out as a dancer in Paris, then moved to Belgium. She trained in jazz, latin, contemporary, and ballet. You should go ahead and stipulate that she knows more about dancing than 99% of the rest of the general population.

Over the course of studying dance for several years, and doing her best to keep her body fit and healthy, Swann was drawn into women’s bodybuilding and fitness. She is now a figure competitor, and a personal trainer. And of course, once a dancer always a dancer.

Swann took 1st place in the 2011 NPC Bev Fancis Atlantic States. She followed that up with a 1st place finish in thte 2011 NPC Europa Battle of Champions. Not to be outdone, she then won first in the 2011 NPC East Coast. Then 1st in the 2011 NPC Eastern USA. Finally she “faltered” if you want to call it that, by placing 3rd in the 2012 Arnold Amateur. more Swann Cardot

Nicole Moneer Guerrero

Nicole Moneer Guerrero is no flash in the pan. She’s been out there pumping up the fitness model industry for years. She is 39 years old now, and looks as good as many of the 20-somethings she is competing with for magazine covers. She has been on the front of Musclemag, Oxygen, Flex, Fitness RX, etc. She focused mainly on the modeling gigs for awhile, and didn’t actually earn her IFBB Pro card until 2010.

She is a certified trainer, and also holds a Bachelor’s in Fashion Merchandising from Iowa State University. Nicole lives in the Chicago area, and was on the cheerleading squad of the Chicago Bulls back in the 1993-1994 timeframe when they were the hottest ticket around. It’s not unusual for her to be seen or heard on Chicago-area television or radio shows. more Nicole Moneer Guerrero