'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 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.
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.
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. Matus 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.