Sport models galore were on stage at the recent Model America™ Championships with tanned, toned bodies, beautiful and handsome looks and captivating personalities. Capturing the show was Texas belle Jessica Vasquez who also won the Ms. Bikini America the year before. The third grade school teacher trains daily and does sports modeling on weekends. Aussie Mark Robinson took First Place by bringing a fresh looking, beach body with commercial looks to the stage. Las Vegas entertainer and martial arts expert Steven Kin won the the Men's Classic Division for the hometown crowd while an athletic David Bravo finally took the Tall Class after trying for five seasons at Model America. The Women's Classic Winner was Australia's Kristen Lonie and the Open Short Class by Sofia Russila-Nousiainen, a stunning Finnish sports model who was competing for the first time! With a mix of over 100 amazing international sports models from every continent, this was the most competitive show ever. Model Universe will host over 70 shows this season including in Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa.
Australian engineer Denham Raveendrakumar says he's ready for Model America in Las Vegas next week. The 5'8", 185 lbs. Melbourne trainer is a popular commercial sports model having appeared in numerous magazines, campaigns and runway shows. "It's time to take all this hard work to another level, Denham says. "I have worked on my legs all year just so that I am really complete on stage. I want to have the symmetry to match my condition." Denham will be among over 100 other sports models from around the world.
Musclemania® Pro Chul Soon just modeled for a new computer game character, "Age of Storm". The 5'10", 195 lbs. sports model and natural bodybuilder appears regularly on Korean television game shows, commercial and advertisements. Chul is training for Musclemania® World in Las Vegas next week where he will defend his MM Pro World title! Watch Chul and over 500 other amazing competitors LIVE from Las Vegas on www.fitnessuniverse.tv next Sat & Sun, Nov 22-23.
Miss Uruguay Patricia Callero came to the Superbody™ Championships in Atlantic City and made the judges gasp. The 5'8", 125 lbs. beauty queen was competing in a fitness show for the first time and won both the Ms. Bikini and Model Divisions. Patricia is a college student and professional model and knows how to present her sass. But, she realizing that to move forward in fitness shows, she needs to get into a little better shape. "I realize that I need to tighten up a little and spend more time doing cardio. I'll do it and be ready for Las Vegas."
Model Universe™ Champion Nick Bolton has been busy since coming back from Miami. This past month he's done fitness and commercial photo shoots including a campaign in Los Angeles for his supplement sponsor, MRI (Medical Research Institute). Nick will also be hosting the Mid America show in Kansas City on August 17. And, with no plans of slowing down competitively, Nick's focused on the Model America™ stage in Las Vegas in November.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.