'12 Model America Champions Kloe Rignaud & Tavi Castro were completely new to the sports model scene and yet won the show in their first year of competing. Both are college students and have breached the model scene after seeing what serious fitness training transformed their bodies and overall physical appearance. Says Tavi, "I have been studying aeronautical engineering in Holland, where I live. But, I caught myself sitting in class and day dreaming about doing something different. Well, not quiting school, but the courses are so boring and I just needed some diversity to my life. Well, here I am and who would have know." With over 150 sports models on stage, the victory for both Kloe and Tavi was amazing experience.
Living the fast lifestyle, MM Pro Francisco Dominguez appears in a racy, new Audi A1 Limited Edition Quattro magazine and poster ad campaign in Europe. The 6', 225 lbs. fitness center owner was spotted by Audi's Spanish advertising agency after a major feature about his bodybuilding career in Spain's biggest newspaper. Francisco won the '12 MM World HW Class and is training for his MM Pro debut at MM Universe in Miami Beach, June 28-29.
Mainly known for his killer dance moves and choreography, Mike Peele’s talent and inspiration is one that can’t be denied. As a choreographer, actor and artistic director, he's most definitely a triple-threat. He has recently shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Madonna and Nicki Minaj to name a few. Now, the Hollywood based commercial dancer is training for his first bodybuilding competition. "I want to get to 220 lbs., then I will start dieted," Mike says. His hip hop performances have always kept him lean, but only last year started a muscle gaining regimen. Look out soon for Mike Peele's routines to turn the Musclemania stage upside down!
Model South Africa Champions Peter Gaiser & Michelle Van Rooyen rocked the house in Cape Town earlier this month. They will be members of Team South Africa competing at Model Universe next month in Miami. Besides being an avid lifter, Peter is a PGA Professional and mixes his bodybuilding with hitting the irons. Michelle says, "I am an adrenaline junkie. I love to train hard in the gym, I’m actually a little addicted to it."
Texas diva Jessica Vasquez may have been new to fitness shows, but the 30 year old model won both the '12 Ms. Bikini Texas and Ms. Bikini America! The 5'7", 130 lbs., second grade school teacher is a graduate of Texas A&M and trains with Team Elite Physiques. As a relative novice to serious fitness, Jessica says she has learned about her body, nutrition and the important of a daily regimen in the past year. She is currently preparing for Ms. Bikini Universe in Miami Beach in June.
Model Universe star Tyler Mc Peak is back! After emaciating himself for fashion modeling, the 6'1", 225 lbs. trainer took 3 years to gain back a lot of lost muscle and says it was a challenge. Tyler explains, "Physique goals can take years to accomplish. You have to be consistent with doing the correct things every day, be determined and stay focused on the big picture. I learned to find out what works for my body because I have to be happy and enjoy this lifestyle otherwise I won't last."
Model America star Ben Handsaker was popular among the media at the Las Vegas show and so much so that famed fitness shutterbug Alex Ardenti took notice. Ben says, "I set out in 2012 to shoot with the world's best photographers - job done. When I first met Alex I asked whether I should pump up? He said, 'Yes, of course. You don't want to look small and flat. LOL' When I heard that I knew we were on!" Ben place 7th among 24 amazing sports models in the Short Class but captured a 1st Place load publicity at the show.
Model Superbody Champion Simone Sziksai has been a competitive athlete since high school. The 36 year old writer and clinical medicine researcher has appeared in numerous music videos and independent SAG films. The wife and mother was a high school varsity athlete in basketball, tennis, softball and track and Junior Olympics gymnast. Her next goal is Model America in Las Vegas.
'12 Model Universe Champion and '11 Ms. Bikini America Cara Ovis says she's staying very busy in school this semester at the University of New Mexico and training hard in the gym. "I'm in the process of choosing my next show and setting big goals for my future," Cara explains. One of her recent endeavors is the launch of www.ChampionsClubFitness.com introduced with a lot of fun and informative video blogs of great competitions, diet and training tips.
Congrad- uations to '12 Model Europe & Model New York Champion David Costa who just landed a Remington shaver television spot. The trainer from Spain has appeared in many new commercials and magazine advertisements and is expanding his roles into the movies. David is also schedule to shoot a new television action series.
Croatian sports model Adis Jakic is the reigning Model Europe Champion and a '11 Model America Top 5 Finalist in Las Vegas. The 28 year old businessman has been training for many years and was a national level sprinter before switching to serious bodybuilding. At 5'10", 185 lbs., Adis is currently training for Model Universe in Miami and Model Europe in Paris.
'06 Model America Champion Matus Valent & supermodel Diego Sebastian were caught hanging out last weekend. Both cover models have a super season planned including more magazine feature spread & cover shoots. Bilingual Diego who's originally from Argentina will also be hosting Musclemania & Model South America in Buenos Aires in December.
Doing duty at Fitness America Weekend last month, MarkSamara won both the Model America - Short Class and Musclemania America - BW Class. The fact that he even enter entered both events was surprise enough, but to win shocked event him. Recently, we asked Mark about his decision to train for and compete in both competitions.
"After the Model Universe Championships this past June, I decided to have some fun and try my hand at bodybuilding. Then, after 5 months of consistent training to add some muscle and a lot of posing practice I felt ready for the big show in Vegas."
"Stepping onto the stage as a bodybuilder for the first time, I wasn't sure what to expect. Weighing in at 145 I just barely made the Bantamweight Class. I tried not to worry about the competition and just focus on doing my personal best and having the most fun of anyone out there! It must have worked because I was able to edge out the competition for a win!"
"Now I know I have a LOT of work to do if I want to step on stage with the big guys, so after a little time off to rehab some nagging injuries it will be back to heavy training to gain some muscle. I'd like to take 6-12 months to really make some progress before I hit the stage again. But I know it will go by quickly and I'll be in a posedown before I know it!"
Next stop, Musclemania Universe!
Truly Canada's most accomplished sports model, '08 Model Universe Champion JulieMarsland has appeared in more magazines than any other talent. Last year, she placed 4th at Model America in Las Vegas and was stunning as ever. The 28 year old fitness fanatic love's for physical activity and dance began at an early age. This passion was a natural carry-over into the fitness industry, where she has worked since 2004 as a group fitness instructor and is currently a Reebok Master Trainer & spokesperson and personal trainer. Julie has graced five magazine covers, has appeared numerous times on television (such as ETalk Canada, Rogers TV), print ads (such as Oxygen, Elle Canada, Lou Lou) and radio.
As Model Texas Champion, JacoieShivers was the tallest sports model ever on the Model World Tour. But, the former professional basketball also had a lifters body. At 6'8", 240 lbs., Jacoie was on a mission this season. Here are his own thoughts:"This past year has been a very challenging yet blessed year for me as both a fitness trainer and fitness model. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have accomplished all that I have in the world of health and fitness. Just last year my mentor and best friend Scotty Lindsey was already on a path to success in the fitness modeling industry conquering every competition and stage he stepped foot on. So, at 6'8", 240 lbs. at the time I was very commited to just stay in overall good shape. Scott took me under his wing and groomed me into the fitness trainer that I am today. It wasnt til then we both decided to do something not even I could have imagined. Putting my massive physique on stage and displaying it to the world. I dedicated myself to just come to Musclemania to compete and not really trying to win or anything. But after getting first place and hearing from the people that were their about how I inspired them to get into shape, I started taken it to a whole other level of fitness. My goal then was to win every show in Texas while continuing to motivate and help other reach their fitness goal then compete internationally and be recognized as one of the top fitness models in the industry. My biggest challenge was the dieting part because of my high metabolism I wasnt able to keep on muscle mass without burning it off because of having basketball games every week. Once i got over that everything just sort of took care of itself. Working out 5 days a week resting two and getting my cardio in 3 times a week by way of basketball.""I'm really excited about the oppurtunities that have been offered to me after my 3rd place finish at Model America in Las Vegas last month. I just have to remain focused and stayed motivated and not forget why I'm doing all this . . . the people!" As Model Texas Champion, Jacoie Shivers was the tallest sports model ever on the Model World Tour. But, the former professional basketball also had a lifters body. At 6'8", 240 lbs., Jacoie was on a mission this season. Here are his own thoughts: "This past year has been a very challenging yet blessed year for me as both a fitness trainer and fitness model. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have accomplished all that I have in the world of health and fitness. Just last year my mentor and best friend Scotty Lindsey was already on a path to success in the fitness modeling industry conquering every competition and stage he stepped foot on. So, at 6'8", 240 lbs. at the time I was very commited to just stay in overall good shape. Scott took me under his wing and groomed me into the fitness trainer that I am today. It wasnt til then we both decided to do something not even I could have imagined. Putting my massive physique on stage and displaying it to the world. I dedicated myself to just come to Musclemania to compete and not really trying to win or anything. But after getting first place and hearing from the people that were their about how I inspired them to get into shape, I started taken it to a whole other level of fitness. My goal then was to win every show in Texas while continuing to motivate and help other reach their fitness goal then compete internationally and be recognized as one of the top fitness models in the industry. My biggest challenge was the dieting part because of my high metabolism I wasnt able to keep on muscle mass without burning it off because of having basketball games every week. Once i got over that everything just sort of took care of itself. Working out 5 days a week resting two and getting my cardio in 3 times a week by way of basketball."
"I'm really excited about the oppurtunities that have been offered to me after my 3rd place finish at Model America in Las Vegas last month. I just have to remain focused and stayed motivated and not forget why I'm doing all this . . . the people!"
Newly crowned Model America Champion AngelinaMullins is new to fitness industry but is an accomplished dancer and commercial model. The 26 year old Broadway performer was trained at Boston Ballet School and has performed in West Side Story, Spamalot, Fosse and Saturday Night Fever. Angelina says, "I am fairly new to the fitness world and love it! Everything from working hard in the gym, right to the pay off of being on stage is more rewarding than anything I have ever done." She has also appeared in Reebok and Lady Footlocker print ads, Step 360 informercial and Lucille Roberts commercial.
Glasgow based Master Chef Tony Pang had nearly grabbed the top spot at the Model Scotland Championships last month with the smell of victory even closer than fellow celebrity chef and Model Scotland judge Sonia Scott-Mackay, who was enjoying her job far too much. "His hair is just so cool," said Sonia during a post event interview and admits that she was fighting off the urge to touch it during registration.
After capturing a runner up position against one of the toughest line ups that we've seen so far this year, the 22 year old PHD Sponsored fitness model is even more determined to take the top spot at the ESPN International televised Britain Finals this Sept 4th.
His recipe for success in life is more than just eating healthy and keeping fit. Like many successful fitness entrepreneurs, he understood the importance of education at an early age. Tony said during a recent interview, "I've been brought up in private education, wanting to aspire to be a designer of some sort, and having a creative mind and skilled drawing ability. After finishing school I decided to work in the family business of running a restaurant and specializing in fine dining Seafood and Grill. That was my foundation."
The scholar athlete already has an impressive modeling portfolio with major brands like Adidas Predator footwear under his belt and television work as a stunt man for Channel 4's Iron Chef UK, but it doesn't stop there. "I was one of the stars of ITV's Saturday night prime time dating show Take Me Out and I'm hoping to branch more into television, fitness and entertainment," he said. With one of the most crowd pleasing performances of the series, the girls just wouldn't turn their lights off for this finishing school grad.
Tony credits his tight knit family of entrepreneurs for driving him to keep his light on for life. Especially Gran, who we understand is very opinionated. Already a success story and barely into his 20s, the Seafood Master Chef has recently launched his own personal training business in Glasgow.
His website www.tonypangpersonaltraining.com talks about his recipe of Master Training techniques - that he'll be using to cook up a victory at the Britain Finals!
The Model America Championships will introduce Short, Medium & Tall Classes for the first time in Las Vegas in November. Because over 100 sports models will be competing, the classes will offer better opportunity for competitors to be Top 10 Finalists. Worldwide media and television coverage will feature the entire Fitness America Weekend. For complete For complete show information, visit www.fitnessamerica.com.
In one of the biggest events of the season, the recent Model Universe Championships hosted over 100 of the world's top sports fitness models. Winning the Men's Division was Berny Granados of Costa Rica pictured here with show host Melissa Pittman. The 31 year old personal trainer was a professional baseball player before getting serious with power training to develop his physique. He has appeared in numerous Central American magazines, retail commercial campaigns and fashion shows. At 5'10", 180 lbs., Berny is capturing a lot of attention since winning in Miami. He will soon travel to Los Angeles for a series of agencies meetings and photo sessions with three magazines.
He may be new to the competitive sports model scene, but British real estate developer Ben Noy is definitely not new to the sports model scene. Already he's appeared on several Men's Health magazine covers, television host for the Playboy Channel, Gillett Shaving Foam and Sony Ericson campaign model, the star of multiple training DVD's and numerous other major entries on his impressive resume. Ben's first crack into the competitive fitness scene was last month at Model Scotland where he captured 3rd Place. But, he will be at Model Britain next month and expects to show the more seasoned, London based judges what a real professional sports model looks like.
Many of the world's best sports models converged on the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to compete at the Model America Championships. With nearly 120 competitors, the talent was thick and the credentialed media was busy shooting them. Reps!, Oxygen, Maximum Fitness, Men's Health, Self, Inside Fitness, Status and over two dozen other magazines and photographers were engaged throughout the weekend. The 27 hour, live HD webcast was watched by over 40,000 viewers worldwide and tape delayed television coverage on ESPN International and other sports networks begins in early 2011.
The Model America Prelims were held as a legitimate catwalk style show with competitors walking a 50' runway. Judges and audience sat on each side of the runway so each model had to "play" both sides. The Finals were held in the main show room with a massive 60' stage and the state-of the-art intelligent lighting. Judges included Las Vegas stylist Lilia Bard, producer Renee Biron, commercial photographer Daveed Benito, Hollywood commercial choreographer Tony Gonzalez, licensed talent agent Mary Reneen and celebrity hair stylist Andeen Rose-Clark.
The 2011 Model World Tour begins in April at the Model New England Championships at the Mohegan Sun Hotel & Casino in Connecticut.
With nearly 600 competitors from around the world, the Fitness America Weekend was truly the most impressive natural sports fitness shows ever held! The energy was pulsating and the talent was incredible. Highlighting the weekend was the Model America Championships with nearly 120 marketable sports models from every continent of the world.
Winning the Women's Division was Ukrainian immigrant Olga Svyrydova who is a Pennsylvania college student. She was already riding high following her Model Universe win earlier in the year. In a close Second Place was Johanna Sambucini who just won the Model New York two weeks prior. Both ladies are new to modeling but have already struck significant attention in the New York modeling scene. Model Midwest Champion Faydra Brown was surprised to place in the Top 5, but the stunning model captured the judges eyes. Traveling from Toronto was a last minute decision and for newcomer Sally Leung it was rewarded with 4th Place.
The Men's Division was captured by Las Vegas native Kyle Clark who was a Top 5 Finalist two years ago and credited the show to making his mark on the fitness scene. He has appear on numerous magazine covers, advertising print campaigns and in commercials. This was his comeback appearance and it was a magical weekend for Kyle. Reigning Model New England Champion Mark Samara took Second Place but as one of the shortest models said he was surprised. Representing Team Korea, Kim Kyungjin was stunned to be a Top 10 Finalist. The martial arts expert won the recent Model Korea Championships.
Complete Model America Championships photo galleries will be posted soon. DVD's are already available on-line.
On a dare from his trainers, Brazilian sports model Thierre Di Castro prepared for and won the recent Model Universe Championships in Miami. The 6'2", former beach volleyball player resides now in Hollywood where he has developed a fruitful sports modeling and commercial career. His trainers, Marcelo and Bianca Bueno of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pushed, trained, diet and otherwise helped prepare Thierre for 3 months. He has modeled in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Milan, New York, London and Los Angeles, has appeared on over 50 magazine covers, done hundreds of runway shows, magazine spreads and television commercials. Currently, Thierre is featured in a national campaign for Zoosk dating website.
In his very first sports model competition, '09 Model New Mexico Champion Kel Okoro was an instant sensation! Since winning, the 29 year old personal trainer has received numerous commercial jobs in his native Albuquerque and throughout the West. And, he has learned very quickly through experience about what it takes to succeed in this competitive industry. On Sunday, December 5, Kel will host a model seminar where he will discuss a variety of topics to help other budding sports models including:
Diet & Exercise – Tips on how to get the model perfect physique
Modeling for all physique types– fitness, fashion, commercial, print
Runway modeling – The T-walk
Attire selection – Club wear, sportswear & swimsuit attire for competing
Competing on a budget – how to obtain sponsors
Creating a modeling portfolio
The Model New Mexico Seminar is FREE to the public, so mark your calendar and get ready to learn about what it takes to become a popular sports fitness model. Kel will be back from his appearance at the Model America Championships in Las Vegas and will have lots of fresh insight.
Location & Time
Sunday, December 5
2 - 4 PM
700 East First Street
She grew up in Southern California and was always into athletics. So, when sports model Stephanie Hasegawa moved to Las Vegas seven years ago, she quickly picked up some new sports like amateur boxing, Muay Thai fighting and motor cross. She's been a popular runway and commercial model and is one of the most popular boxing ring girls for major fights. At 5'8", 125 lbs., Stephanie will be competing at the Model America to further her career. However, she says her passions are diverse. "I'm planning on starting a nursing program next year. I love to help people because I have a lot of compassion." Stephanie says she's still planning to model but is also concerned with her long term future. "Modeling is fun and exciting, but I need to focus on my 'day job', too."
The 7th Annual Model America Championships in Las Vegas hosted nearly 100 of the country's hottest sports fitness models. But it was local hometown stars Amanda Latona and Alex Castillo that took home overall honors. Alex is a personal trainer originally from Cuban with limited modeling experience but recently moved to South Beach to ignited his career and be closer to his family. Amanda is a convention spokesperson and model with extensive magazine and commercial background. It was her second consecutive Model America victory and is seeking Hollywood representation to expand her opportunities. The upcoming Model America Championships will once again be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. Competitors will be put through their runway paces in the Clubwear, Sportswear and Swimwear Rounds.
The recent Model Universe Championships in Miami hosted over 100 stunning sports fitness models including winner Melissa Pittman from Tampa. The 30 year old magazine cover model has been married for 10 years to NFL running back Michael Pittman and have two children. She dedicated her win to younger brother Tim who at 27 years of age passed away due to advance heart disease. Melissa is the Director of Athlete Relations for sports nutrition company, Cellucor. She said, "I have a new reason that is driving my passion because I want to leave a mark in this world for my children. Melissa is a Smoothie King franchise owner and an avid volleyball and softball player.
Since winning the '07 Model America, fitness model Matus Valent has been working the Hollywood scene. He appeared in this year's blockbuster, "Night at the Museum 2" with Ben Stiller. Matus explained, "I was one of the Egyptian soldiers. It was a lot of fun even if it was an extra role." He has also been appearing in many fitness magazines, covers and commercials and other productions including the "Tyra Banks Show", Kristine W's “Walk Away” video and many others. Matus will be one of the celebrity judges at the Model California Championships on October 3 in Hermosa Beach.
Top Model Universe competitor Tyler Mc Peak continues to land jobs in New York. He will appear in the MetRx "Shaping Every Body" book in which he demonstrates exercises. Also, he just wrapped a runway gig for fashion designer Indashio (photo). Tyler is live model for the new Hollister SOHO store in New York City, just shot for DO Denim, a new apparel brand, and will appear in the Rick Days Athlete 2010 Calendar and much more. This guy's hot and on the move. Follow Tyler's Blog for new and updates.
It all started less than a year ago at the Model Universe in Miami, but Tyler McPeak has risen fast with commercial shoots and a couple of magazine covers. The 6'2", 220 lbs. former high school and college baseball and basketball player recently signed with two New York agencies but prefers to work from his home in the Appalachians of western Virginia and commute to the Big Apple when called. Tyler will host at the Model Universe in June joining Fitness America Pageant Champion, Lindsay Messina.
As a full-time airline attendant, you might give Julie Marsland a double take. But as one of the most popular sports fitness models, she gets more than her share of looks. The 30 year old Canadian has always been athletic especially in classic dance and soccer. Since turning her interests to modeling, Julie won the 2008 Model Universe Championships and has appeared in over 40 magazines including a dozen covers, numerous commercials including a recent gig for American Express, Boxflex and Lori Fabrizzio Cosmetics.
In less than 4 years, Jennifer Nicole Lee has transformed herself from an overweight mother of two into a fitness and sports model celebrity. She has published two books about body transformation and fitness lifestyles, appeared on nearly 60 magazines covers worldwide, her own line of fitness apparel, has three endorsement deals and much more. Ar just 29 years of age, Jennifer has made her need and desire to loose weight into a commercial enterprise.
He jumped from high school to the Marine Corps. to the New York fashion scene. Since then, New Jersey's Ryan Enriquez has been in hot demand by photographers, fashion shows and designers. He's competed twice at Model Universe and enjoys the modeling industry, but currently Ryan is earning his master degree in economics and wants to enter US Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS). The 6'2", 195 lbs., 24 years old former football player has always been a talented athlete and current trains daily to maintain his lean appearance.
Sean John Macy's recent runway show in New York City included 2006 Model Universe RL Bond. The 6'3", 195 star also sported Russell Simmons clothing line "Argyle" known as Regatta USA. RL will soon spend a month modeling in South Africa and has been picked for a music video shoot in London. He will be a speaker at next year's Model Universe Seminar Series in Miami. More news about RL soon.
MTV'S ultimate gentleman, Fonzworth Bentley, is looking for a new group of G’s to take under his wing and transform into gentlemen. “From G’s to Gents” will take 15 young “G’s” and polish them up. They will be educated in everything from Style and Grace, Etiquette, Chivalry and Business Skills. the men will LEARN that with the Right tools, every G have the ability to be a true Gentleman – and a real shot at finding success. Learn about auditions
One California's hottest young models started three years ago as a successful and popular calendar girl. But according to Nicole Violet Albright, "It wasn't an easy start. Still my worst memory is my first real calendar shoot. It was so awkward and uncomfortable for me. I had no idea what I was doing." But bad memories have turned into a burgeoning career with Nicole having already appeared on the covers of over a dozen magazines including FHM, Maxim and Stuff. "My most memorable memory would definitely be getting to work with and be in the pages of Playboy," says the 25 year old Newport Beach resident. She will be competing at Ms. Bikini America in Las Vegas and furthering her modeling career. "I hope to bring to the show a whole new look and excitement."
Former Model America & Universe Top 5 Finalist Charles Justo was tagged by Russell Simmons to runway his new Argyle line at Miami Fashion Week. The 6'2", 200 lbs. sports model also will appear in Touchstone Pictures new flick, "The Surrogates" with Bruce Willis in Boston. Last week, he landed hand model gig for a major Columbian lotion company. Charles said laughingly, "Here I train, diet and keep myself in top shape all year for work and all these people wanted is to look at my hands?! The former Florida high school basketball star currently lives and works in Miami Beach but also auditions in New York and Los Angeles.
Just back from shooting a commercial for European deodorant Mums, sports model superstar R.L. Bond has conquered the South Beach scene. Now, the 23 year old former Model Universe Champion is making his move on New York's Madison Avenue. Just signed by agency Fusion, he'll be on the runway for five companies at New York Fashion Week. Then, R.L. has been booked to work South Africa for 4 weeks. He'll be back in time to be a celebrity judge at Model America in Las Vegas in November.
One of the industry's hottest models attended the Universe Weekend in Miami but wasn't competing. Runway and commercial model superstar Anchal Joseph was the guest of former Model Universe Champion R.L. Bond and said she enjoyed the aura of health and natural fitness and the hundreds of good looking people. "Since appearing on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7, I have devoted some time to working with a physical trainer in the hopes of gaining a more toned and defined figure," said Anchal. "In the show, I was very self-conscious about my figure, which was quite fuller than the other girls." Hopefully, we will see Anchal on stage at Model America in Las Vegas.
Fitness equipment manufacturer ICON recently selected '07 Model America Champion Amanda Latona to appear on their new line of Weider women's exercise equipment packaging. She's also appeared in a new television commercial for the Las Vegas Athletic Clubs and a bevy of convention hosting and spokesmodeling. Amanda says, "I am looking forward to an exciting year that's already off to a fantastic start!"
In just his first year in the industry, Alex Ceobanu has quickly become one of Eastern Europe's hottest runway models. The 20 year old Romanian college student has already appeared at Milan, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow shows where he adorned Nike, Quicksilver and Asics. Alex is next planning to compete at Model Universe but before landing in Miami will appear at shows in New York and two commercial auditions in Hollywood. Not bad for his first 12 months of work!
One of New York's hottest new breed of DJ's will be hosting the Universe Weekend. Nico Kim is a long time model who has appeared in print, music videos and television and currently mixes his radio, television, and live improv skills to create an entertaining and excitement filled show. Featured on Z100, New York's highest arbitron rated station hosts live broadcasts from various venues in the Tri-State area. Niko has been featured on VH1's highest rated television show, "I Love New York 2" and dubbed "20 Pack" where he was voted one of the sexiest male reality stars of 2008. The Florida native returns home for the first time in 7 years to host the Universe Weekend, and as a fitness enthusiast and admirer of the human body at its aesthetic peak, Nico is sure to host a great show.
Vh1 producers are casting single women to compete for the love of a former "I Love New York" bachelor! The producers are looking for beautiful women with big hearts and big personalities who give this "I Love New York" alumni the love he deserves. Check out audtion details.
At the recent Fitness Atlantic Pageant, former cheerleader Lindsay Messina competed for the first time with an incredibly vibrant dance routine which earned her the runner-up spot. She said, "I'm doing fitness for the first time this year to challenge my strength and endurance. I love to be on stage!" Professionally, Lindsay is doing a lot of commercial and editorial photo shoots including a new 12-page spread in Muscle & Fitness Hers and will appear on the cover next month. She will soon compete in both Fitness and Model Universe.
Last month's Miami Fashion Week featured the ultimate in cool threads and hot bodies including '06 Model Universe Champion R.L. Bond. This guy gets hotter by week and was chosen for the runway by designers Unico, Bogosse, Robert Flores and Mocali. But R.L. claims it wasn't easy preparing for the shows. "I had to drop my weight 5 pounds within 2 weeks to be able to fit into the designer clothes. My diet was eating chicken, lots of fruit, drinking only juices, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I skipped breakfast everyday and only ate lunch and dinner. Plus, I was running 7 miles a day." R.L. will be one of the seminar speakers at Model Universe in Miami, so come by and meet this fast rising star.
Since completing his service in the Marine Corps. and serving in Iraq last year, Ryan Enriquez has maintained his momentum and is continuing to make out big. Last month, he signed with Red Models of New York and already did a 2xist promotion and Gillette commercial. He is in demand for runway shows and fashion events as well as commercial photo campaigns. Ryan made a big impact at the '07 Model Universe in Miami and will be returning this year 15 lbs. lighter and in better condition. He says the lighter, tighter and more athletic appearance is getting him work.
With the return of American Gladiator show in the USA, it has already spread to Europe and beyond. In Britain the athletic performance show is called just Gladiator and the warrior line-up was just announced. It includes 24-year-old Jemma Palmer from Tamworth. Known as Infermo whom is a model, a WWE Diva search finalist and was a finalist at the '06 Musclemania Britain show.
Since winning her first and only model competition, the lovely Michelle Berthelot has been pursuing her acting and modeling career in Hollywood. But recently, the 24 year old former Model Universe Champion returned to her native Louisiana to win the Miss Louisiana USA beauty pageant. "Michelle lost all her pictures, her crowns, her trophies, her dresses - everything, including her home and her grandfather,” mother Karen Berthelot said. “This pageant was a kind of ‘rebirth' and was quite fulfilling.” She will now move on to compete at the Miss Universe in Las Vegas in April.
He first competed at the '03 Model Universe in Miami and since then has continually risen on the South Beach scene with ever increasing heavy hitting jobs . Last year, Charles Jusko (photo, left) scouped up some major print gigs including a Jaguar campaign. The 6'2", 180. lbs. former high school football player also scored with
He stepped onto the new Trina music video and heads were turning. Despite being new to sports modeling, Max Philisaire is making in roads on the South Beach modeling scene. The 27 year old former Army logistics joined Model Universe stars R.L. Bond and Charles Jusko on the video set where all three played major roles. At 6'1"., 210 lbs., Max's incredible body has attracted the attention of Miami's eclectic fashion community despite working the scene for just a few months. He will be competing at Model Universe in June with fans in tow.
She may have her masters degree in political science, but Kelly McGrath is so apolitical when it comes to sports fitness modeling. The 29 year old is one of the hottest on the Canadian scene and has shot American Curves, Lingerie, UMM and many others. At 5'8", 125 lbs., Kelly is striking and stunning and photographers love the way she can play with the camera. She won the '07 Model Canada Championships in Toronto and is preparing to compete at Model Universe in Miami in June.
One of Canada's hottest sports models knows how to show her stuff both in front and behind the camera. Arysta Bogner and her siblings are third generation commercial photographers. But, she has also aspired in sports, fashion and commercial modeling and has her B.A. Honors Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Arysta says her body is a reflection of years of athletic experience including 10 years of ballet, tap and jazz dancing and as a professional tennis coach and was a provincial sprint, hurdles, long jump and javelin champion. This girl just doesn't quit! She explains, "I just love sports and staying in shape. And, if some modeling and commercial jobs come along, then it makes it all so much sweeter." Arysta will be competing at Model Universe in Miami in June.
He was the 2005 Romanian Wrestling Champion and now he's made his way to Las Vegas as a stage performer. Thirty-one year old Alin Campan was born in Romania where he was a National Wrestling Champion. For the past 7 years, he's been a stage dance performer and model including ballet in the “Hungarian Opera” in Romania. Since then, Alin's credits have included choreographing and dancing for many television performances with Romanian artists, being on the cover of “News” magazine in Austria and won the title at the 2005 Mr. Austria Fitness Championship. And soon, Alin will make his sports model debut at Model Universe.
As one of Britain's most accomplished sport models, Mun Dhariwal has thrusted himself into diverse career directions and in succeeding in all of them. The 21 year old athlete is in high demand for runway, fashion, sports, fitness, television and music videos, art nudes and more. At 6'1", 190 lbs., he is lean and muscular but with an aesthetic and marketable overall appearance. His competitive boxing background has taught Mun to stay lean all year. He says, "Even before I got into modeling, I always maintained my condition. Whether for sport or leisure, I just always liked the look and feel of being in shape." In 2007, Mun was loaded with work and has plans on competing at Model Europe in Paris and Model Universe in Miami. "I am already busy, but the competition side of the modeling should open up another aspect to my career." More about Mun
With the return of the American Gladiator show to the tube, former Mr. Universe muscleman Mike O'Hearn snared a major role as Titan. Originally from Seattle, the 6'3" sports model now lives in Santa Monica, California, and has appeared on over 400 fitness, bodybuilding and martial arts magazine covers in his 20 year sports modeling career. So, with this first major television role and at nearly 40 years of age, O'Hearn has surely reached a zenith in his career. AM airs on Monday nights, 8 PM.
Over 100 of the hottest sports fitness models just competed at the Model America Championships in Hollywood. The winners were Amanda Latona of Las Vegas and Geoff Begnaud of Dallas. Amanda is a commercial actress and model and does a lot of singing for Las Vegas shows. Geoff is a medical sales representative, recently hosted an outdoors hunting television show and has a registered nursing degree. Both models competed in the Clubwear, Sportswear and Swimwear Rounds and captured the attention of many photographers attending the show. While Amanda has competed in many swimsuit and modeling shows, this was Geoff's first try at competitive modeling but he was always into high school and college football, baseball and soccer.
At the recent Model America, Amelia Powers was out to make it a double-header following her Ms. Bikini America win. The 35 year old wife and mother beat nearly 100 other beautiful bikini competitors from around the world. Although Amelia did not win, she was also a Model America Top 5 Finalist with some of the most talent and beautiful models ever seen at the show. According to husband David, "This lady is so driven now and wants to compete at both Model Universe and Ms. Bikini Universe in Miami. And, to think this thing just started as a dare!"
Syndicated television network ION is launching new reality show, "Life in Miami". The preppy lifestyle program features R.L. Bond who just wrapped shooting the show in South Beach. The 6'3", 210 former college basketball player has been auditioning for other television roles and promised more news soon. For more information visit LifeInMia.com.
MTV productions is casting for their new reality show, " Summer of Love " which is being produced by the makers of "Ugly Betty" and "The Office." This new series is being made for MTV in the style of "The Bachelor." They are looking for attractive, single girls (ages 18-24) and their moms! The mothers don't need to be single, though. They will be along side their daughters as their personal confidants or Go-To-Girls. If you are outgoing, charismatic, and a hopeless romantic, then the casting directors want to hear from you! There is a substantial cash prize for the winner plus per diem.
Kudos to New York sports model Tony Catanzaro who just landed a sweet gig on MTV's new series, "Game Killers". According to his wife Tina, "Tony stars in the series as a character named "Early Man", funny stuff!" Check it out the video clip. Tony was the runner-up at the '03 Model Universe in Miami and has since continued to built a terrific career which includes romance novel covers, a plethora of magazine covers, commercials and more.
One of television's hottest shows of the 90's is scheduled to return to the airwaves early next year. American Gladiator is currently scouting for sports models with extreme athletic talent, endurance and great camera presence. The producers will have representatives at all MWT shows this season including Midwest, Las Vegas, California, Canada and America looking to become one of the next American Gladiators.
Last year's Model America champions were diverse in their paths to winning. Megan Powell had never competed in any show or much of a work resume. But, her presence and potential are outstanding, appearance unique are looks rich with incredible locks of curly hair. Mateus Valent came all the way from Slovakia and has parlayed a world class volleyball career into photographic, commercial, video and theatrical showcase. At 6'3", the blond hair, blue eye striker captures the eyes of casting agents whenever he auditions. This year, nearly 200 both new and experienced sports fitness models from all walks of life will compete in Hollywood but all hoping to launch and advance their careers. Also, many of the new models wanting to introduce themselves will compete at one or more regional and international events.
The expansion of the Model World Tour includes the addition of Model China Championships held recently in Zhengzhou. Athletically built and attractive men and women sports models from throughout the world's most populated country competed in this first annual event. The concept was completely new for the Chinese fitness community but was widely attended by national and regional television stations, magazines, advertising producers and photographers. Said the winner, Bao Lao, "Nothing like this has ever happened before. I am so excited about competing at Model America show in Hollywood. It is a dream for me!"
The largest line-up of sports fitness models ever will compete at the upcoming Model America Championships in Hollywood. This 6th annual extravaganza is attracting newcomers, veterans and professionals from around the world. They will be judged by recognized industry experts including commercial agents, talent scouts, photographers, producers and other decision makers who will be evaluate the Sportswear, Swimwear and Clubwear Rounds. Each year, many competitors are literally discovered on the Model World Tour and this season is certain to deliver new stars to the sports modeling scene. It doesn't matter if you win because just being exposed to some of the movers and shakers in the industry is often enough to launch or turn around a career. It's all about being seen by the right people at the right time and Model America is the place.
JET magazine just released their new 2008 Swimsuit Calendar which features '06 Model Universe Champion R.L. Bond on the cover. He will be a show host welcoming guests at Model America being held next month in Hollywood.
2005 Ms. Bikini Universe Melissa Hall currently hosts ShopNBC's "Get Fit Hour" each weekday. The show features many of the latest fitness & health products and Melissa's on camera skills has made her an effective pitch lady for the network. Formerly, she was a Minneapolis affiliate station executive.
As one of New York's fastest rising models, Ryan Enriquez's road to modeling is as diverse as his exotic looks. The 24 year old personal trainer was recently signed by BOSS Models and has been locking in fashion, commercial and runway jobs throughout region. At 6'1", 195 lbs., Ryan played high school varsity football, basketball and wrestling and then served six years in the Marine Corps. including a tour in Iraq. Recently discharged, he's returned home, has started college all the while being pursued by many agencies in New York, Miami and Hollywood. "I was always told that I had the looks, but never took it seriously. So now its time for a new chapter in my life," said Ryan. "I want to have some fun with crossover modeling including fitness. But, I've got to keep my weigh down if I want to get mainstream jobs. So, I am training for a leaner appearance that will look good in and outside of clothes." Ryan competed at Model Universe in Miami and will be out on the west coast to shake some heads in Hollywood at Model America. He continued, "Now that I am working in New York, I also want to make things happen in LA. Its that Golden Triangle, you know - New York, Hollywood and Miami. That's my game plan."
Ms. Bikini America contestant Michele Wood has a feature sole in new WWE commercial running on USA Network. She's never appeared in a commercial, so on a whim went to the audition. For her day job, Michele is a Chicago Police Department Detective and investigates violent crimes. "I am the real Law and Order," she said.
As part of her latest PR remake, Paris Hilton has been trying to turn over new leafs in her life. But keeping fitness in her daily regimen will not change as training and staying fit is all too important to the 22 year old hotel fortune heiress personally and professionally. For the past year, personal trainer Jacoby Ben-Yakir has helped keep Ms. Hilton physically in shape. The former Model America Top 5 Finalist is one of the hottest models in the South Beach and Hollywood scenes but still manages to keep selected clients. It never hurts to be in the right circles.
The lovely Josephine Dalton recently appeared at the E3 convention in Santa Monica at which she worked for Nintendo. She introduced the integration of fitness with the video game maker's WiFi entertainment platform. Last year, Josephine competed at Arizona, California and America shows and is preparing once again for the big, year-end Hollywood show.
Commercially popular model Nick Auger has just signed to join the Marines Corp. The 2003 Model Universe Champion who's made LA his base for the past few years recently said, "I need a real challenge in my challenge right now." Hot off print campaigns for Maybelline Asia and Hawaiian Aqua Hotels, the 6'2" former college computer programming major is now at boot camp in Virginia.
We recently received the following message from the newly crowned Ms. Bikini Universe, Marzia Prince, and thought it should be shared. "After my very first competition, life has been so surreal! I just shot the covers and features for Natural Muscle, Fitness Experts, DXL, American Curves and Fitness Rx for Women! So I guess you can say a lot has happened to me since June and I am very grateful life for all of this! Congratulations to Marzia on her big win and continued success!
2006 Model Universe Champ R.L. Bond was just selected to shoot for both the Ebony and JET magazine calendars. To be released in October, the 2008 calendars will be photographed on the Mexico Riviera including Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The 6'4", 200 lbs. former semi-pro basketball player is also auditioning in South Beach for an MTV hosting role.
2005 Model America Champion Lenee Adkins has produced and is distributing her own workout video, "The Dollar Workout." The 24 year old college student and theatrical dancer lives in :Los Angeles and has appeared in numerous commercials and campaigns.
Tucked away in a little German village is one of the most amazing European sports fitness stars. For the past 7 years, Nino Issa has been shooting with many of the top fashion, commercial and publicity photographers in Paris, Milan, London and Berlin. Images of the 6'2", 200 lbs. former soccer player have appeared in GQ, Der Spiegel, Vogue, FHM, Men's Health and many other European magazines. But since being a 2002 Model America Top 5 Finalist, Nino has not appeared in any modeling competitions. He will be judging Model Europe in October and is considering returning to Hollywood in the hopes of winning Model America in November. Say's Nino, "I would really like to do some work in the USA. It would be a dream come true for me."
Like so many other beautiful fitness women, Michelle Berthelot just didn't know what she had going for her. The 21 year old Louisiana college student was training at a university fitness center and caught the eye of one of the trainers who suggested she consider a sports model competition. So, with some more encouragement, Michelle saved up the cash, grabbed her Mom and Grannie and drove to Miami Beach for the 2005 Model Universe. Her stunning beauty, attractive shape and sweet disposition radiated across the stage and helped her capture the Universe title. "I come from a little town in Louisiana, so winning this kind of show is something like a dream for me. I guess I will see where it all leads," said Michelle. "But, first, I really need to finish school."
Musclemania Pro Syed Fazli was tapped for new Gillette television commercial for Asian markets. The campaign will also include him making personally appearances throughout Malaysia and other SW Asian countries. Syed is just coming off a popular Malaysian fashion magazine feature. Competitively, he was a Top 5 Finalist at the Universe Weekend in Miami.
How could an MTV producer become one of New York's hottest models? Simple - quit your job and hit the streets. Super sports model Alicia Marie has been on the fitness circuit for just two years and has taken the industry by storm. At 5'10", the 2003 Ms. Bikini Universe is a striking woman with incredible athletic talent and stunning good looks. Alicia is a UCONN graduate and is doing a lot now including television script writing and show development, stand-up comedy, fashion designing, commercial gigs and a bevy of other diverse entertainment.
He was just 17 years old and was a martial arts performer at the 2004 Universe Weekend in Miami. But on a whim and with some prodding from his friends, he jumped into the 2004 Model Universe Championships and finished in the Top 5! Just a high school kid and never having even considered professional or competitive modeling, Nick Bateman beat out over 60 other models that day. Well sitting in the audience was fashion guru Calvin Klein himself who was immediately struck by Nick's fresh, natural and athletic look and scheduled a test shoot the next day. Fast forward three months, and Nick left his native Ontario, Canada, and was signed for a modeling campaign in Milan, Italy, and then another in Paris. Within six months, he had appeared in Seventeen, Teen Prom, YMM, AMX and many other magazines. Today, Nick is back at college but during weekends, breaks and vacations, he travels to London, Paris, Milan, New York, Toronto, Tokyo and many other fashion centers for fashion photo campaigns and live shows. Says Nick, "All this stuff is like a dream. I still keep my footing, a clear head and will finish college. But to think it all started at Model Universe when I was there just for a karate demo!"
All hail to 2006 Model America Champ Matus Valent who was the muscular warrior model for the recently released movie "Pathfinder" theatrical media campaign. The former Slovakian volleyball champion moved to Hollywood 3 years ago and has appeared in many commercials and print advertisements. The 6'2", 27 year old athlete has also been a Top 5 Finalist at Model Universe and Southern California.
Canadian sports model A.J. Jama is about as diverse a sports model there can be. The 6'3", 220 athlete played professional rugby in Europe for 4 years and in the CFL for 2 years. Since he was 18 years old, A.J.'s been modeling in Canada and he says, "I do a lot of acting, so being an actor/model is my greatest ambition." That's coming from a guy who earned his aerospace engineering degree and professionally is an aircraft systems engineer. A.J. has eight brothers and sports run in his family. "I love sport motorcycles. But it's just one of my many passions," says A.J. His youngest brother, Hassan, is an accomplished amateur bodybuilder. A.J. is represented by Take One Talent in Ottawa, Canada.
Extreme fitness trainer Eric Carlson won both the 2004 Model America in Hollywood and '05 Model Universe in Miami Beach. The 6'2", 200 lbs. California athlete had never competed in any modeling event and yet won both of these world class competitions. Against nearly 100 other sports models, Eric wooed two separate judging panels in all three rounds (Sportswear, Swimwear and Clubwear) and yet took it all in stride. Said Eric, "Winning the America really kicked off my modeling career. Since the show, I have been doing commercial and editorial photo campaigns, promotions and so much more. Taking home the Universe is just icing on the cake."