'12 Model America Champions Kloe Rigaud & 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.
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.
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.