Trevor & Aaron Hairston (L-R) made their debut appearance at Model New England at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The brothers who finished 3rd and 1st, respectively, own some professional sports teams in Connecticut which help people with self improvement and personal development. "We use sports as a vehicle to empower lives and encourage overall health and wellness," Aaron explains. "Over the last few years, we have connected with many resources that help us re-open doors for some and fuel dreams for many." The Hairstons also own a training facility called The Body Lab. "We use state of the art science and technology to help people achieve ultimate health and performance," Aaron says. "We are strong believers in all-natural health and wellness solutions and continue to support life and all that it can be!" Both Trevor and Aaron will compete at Model Universe in Miami Beach in June. www.musclemania.com
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.
With nearly 600 competitors from around the world, the Fitness America Weekend was truly the most impressive natural sports fitness shows ever held! The energy was pulsating and the talent was incredible. Highlighting the weekend was the Model America Championships with nearly 120 marketable sports models from every continent of the world.
Winning the Women's Division was Ukrainian immigrant Olga Svyrydova who is a Pennsylvania college student. She was already riding high following her Model Universe win earlier in the year. In a close Second Place was Johanna Sambucini who just won the Model New York two weeks prior. Both ladies are new to modeling but have already struck significant attention in the New York modeling scene. Model Midwest Champion Faydra Brown was surprised to place in the Top 5, but the stunning model captured the judges eyes. Traveling from Toronto was a last minute decision and for newcomer Sally Leung it was rewarded with 4th Place.
The Men's Division was captured by Las Vegas native Kyle Clark who was a Top 5 Finalist two years ago and credited the show to making his mark on the fitness scene. He has appear on numerous magazine covers, advertising print campaigns and in commercials. This was his comeback appearance and it was a magical weekend for Kyle. Reigning Model New England Champion Mark Samara took Second Place but as one of the shortest models said he was surprised. Representing Team Korea, Kim Kyungjin was stunned to be a Top 10 Finalist. The martial arts expert won the recent Model Korea Championships.
Complete Model America Championships photo galleries will be posted soon. DVD's are already available on-line.