My fitness journey has been a long road of learning what to do and not to do. Growing up in poverty, I suffered from malnutrition, physical weakness, and poor hygiene. I think at one point my siblings and I shared a toothbrush. After that, I was determined to embrace fitness as a source of empowerment. When I entered foster care and gained the freedom to shape my own path, I wholeheartedly committed to cultivating a healthy lifestyle. The gym became my sanctuary, a space where I not only built physical strength but also found solace and empowerment. Overcoming the challenges of my past, I developed a deep appreciation for the transformative power of fitness. This journey led me to choose a path in modelling, allowing me to showcase the results of my dedication and inspire others facing adversity. My story is one of continuous evolution, marked by personal growth, empowerment, and a commitment to share the message that strength, self-love, and transformation are achievable on any wellness journey.
Las Vegas/ USA
What inspired you to pursue a career in fitness modelling?
Growing up in poverty presented me with numerous challenges that intensified my determination to pursue a lifestyle in fitness, modeling is an to be an additional blessing. During my childhood, I grappled with malnutrition, physical weakness, and an inability to defend myself against various forms of abuse. This challenging upbringing instilled in me a profound appreciation for the transformative power of bodybuilding. Upon entering foster care and gaining the freedom to choose how I spent my time, I wholeheartedly committed myself to cultivating a healthy lifestyle. This commitment wasn’t just about overcoming my personal struggles but also about becoming a source of inspiration for others facing adversity. I hope my journey serves as a testament to the resilience that can arise from challenging beginnings, and I am compelled to share this message of physical/ mental strength, self-love, and transformation with those navigating their own paths to wellness.
I approach nutrition, diet, training, and supplement planning at 100%. The factors of diet, nutrition, and supplemental factors make up I would say about 70% of the prep work to be “in shape”. Using the word in shape I mean whatever that specific individual dreams as in shape for themselves.
I am sure we have all heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen” This means that diet (hence “kitchen”) plays a huge role in achieving visible abs. This is because it is much easier to attain a hypocaloric state (calories in < calories out) through diet compared to working out. However, lifting weights is still crucial for maintaining muscle. The other 30% would be training, stress management, and rest.
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 believe that there is a time and place for both all-natural supplements and those with artificial flavours and sweeteners. For example a month out from show time, I will cut all diet soft drinks, energy drinks etc. However, I tend to lean towards more natural ingredients such as honey and green tea. Natural supplements often align with a clean and minimally processed approach to nutrition, which I find beneficial. Nevertheless, individual preferences, health goals, and sensitivities can vary, and it’s crucial for each person to make choices based on their specific needs and values.”
Please describe the importance of mental.
Mental health is integral to bodybuilding, it impacts motivation, discipline, and overall well-being. For example, mental strength will help in coping with setbacks, adapting to challenges like plateaus or injuries, and pushing you to keep going when you don’t feel like you can. The mind-muscle connection alone during workouts is enhanced by mental focus, contributing to better results and injury prevention. In essence, prioritizing mental health in bodybuilding ensures a holistic and sustainable approach to fitness.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What trends or shifts do you foresee in the fitness industry in the coming years, and how do you think they will impact the way individuals approach their fitness journeys?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation How excited are you for this opportunity?
My mouth just fell open, I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive a special participation invite as part of the Status Fitness Magazine family for their Model Searches, including the prestigious Arnold Classic. This opportunity is not just about being part of a renowned event but also a chance to showcase my dedication to fitness and well-being. I’m eager to embrace the experience, connect with like-minded individuals, and potentially contribute to the fitness community in a meaningful way. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and I can’t wait to make the most of it!
What does the future hold?
What an excellent question, I noticed planned things do not exactly happen at the times we plan them but what is meant for you finds its way. I never thought I would compete. I have always loved the gym but never thought I would be brave enough to step on stage and be judged. I thought this year I would be accepted to PA school and start my journey to become an orthopedic surgical PA. As it turns out I have fallen in love with the entire process not only of bodybuilding but competing. I will reapply to PA school when applications open in 2024 and until then I plan to compete, gain my pro card and ultimately qualify for Olympia.