I have been an athlete since I was three years old. I was a competitive soccer player most of my life. I went to college at Georgia State University and majored in journalism with concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish. After college, I wanted a physical and mental transformation and I decided I wanted to compete in my first bikini competition. I won my first show and won my SNBF pro card and competed in two natural pro shows with Coach K, coach for Team Pheno. I did not compete in 2020 and started focusing more on my modeling career.
My current fitness goals are to develop a stronger upper body, a wider back, shoulders, and a stronger core.
I train 5 days a week and I currently do 3 upper body days and two lower-body days and I focus on strength training. I do cardio 3 times a week for 30 minutes.
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT is great for burning fat and is also a nice change from fasted cardio on the treadmill or Stairmaster. I enjoy HIIT because it gets my heart rate up and is a change of pace.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
If I had 100 tokens, I would apply 80 to health level and 20 to fitness level. Your health comes from what you consume and you must eat healthily and live healthy in order to reach new levels of fitness.
Nutritional & Supplements:
BCAAs, Digestive Enzymes, Multivitamins, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Chickweed, Whey Protein.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I believe weight loss is more of a health issue because if you eat healthily and don’t put toxins into your body, daily exercise will tone your body and build muscle. Nutrition is key and has a greater impact on your body composition than exercise.
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents taught me values and morals that have shaped me to become the woman I am today. My mother and I are very close and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness Magazine highlights women from different backgrounds with experiences that other women can relate to and shows models in a different light rather than just focusing on their beauty. The interview questions reveal the model’s character, their upbringing and how fitness has impacted their life, and how they wish to inspire others. This aspect is important because fitness is a lifestyle and Status Fitness Magazine showcases models that inspire others through fitness.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I don’t particularly have a preference, if I take supplements with artificial ingredients, I make sure the sugar and carb count are low.
What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
I would be so blessed to have the opportunity to grace the cover of Status Fitness Magazine because I would represent black fitness models and be a role model for black women in the modeling industry. It would be powerful and an experience I would never forget.
If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
What was the biggest obstacle in his life he has overcome and how that experience has changed him?
6 things people would not know about you?
- Skiing is one of my favorite hobbies.
- I have been an athlete since I was three years old.
- Soccer is my favorite sport and I was a left-footed player which is rare.
- I have a minor in Spanish and studied abroad in Spain.
- I have never lived outside of my hometown.
- I played the violin for 6 years and piano for three years.
Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me, she is my rock and she is my role model and has taught me to work hard and go after my dreams, and never give up.
Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire other millennials and younger women, especially women of color.
After college, I was out of shape and wanted a mental and physical transformation. I didn’t have any muscle at all, and trained for about four months, entered a natural bikini competition, and won the show! I became a better person after this experience, and became closer to God, and learned discipline. There were several times I wanted to quit, but I’m glad I never did. I’ve met amazing people through bodybuilding that are my second family to this day. I have also transformed from my two natural pro bodybuilding shows to where I am currently through my coach Kenea Yancey and my posing coach Sonia Lewis with Team Pheno over the past few years. Both of these IFBB pros have helped me grow as a woman and have taught me so much about myself inside and outside of the gym along my journey. I think it’s very important to have role models that are further along than you that can help guide you with your goals and steer you in the right direction. Both of these ladies have had a huge impact on my life and have helped me become the polished woman I am today.
I want to become a lawyer and work for one of the Major League Soccer teams or National Women’s Soccer League. I want to be a cover model for a fitness and swimwear magazine. I am consistently always working on my body goals!
5 lessons you have learned:
- Fail to succeed.
- Someone is always working harder than you with fewer resources.
- If you don’t speak up, you will never have an answer.
- If you fail to plan, plan to fail.
- Don’t wish for the results that you didn’t work for.
Music and artist you listen to while training:
Rap music, Lil Baby, Drake, and Future mainly.
Favorite actors/ movies:
Ellen Pompeo, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
- How they treat others.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” – MLK Jr.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.
Photo By: Cameroon Perry | Tatiana Kazana