As the new Model Universe Champion, Florian Blume brought his commercial modeling talents to the contest stage for the first time. The 5'10", 175 lbs., 27 year old Swiss sports model does runway work in Milan, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Miami, New York and Johannesburg and has representation worldwide. So, why would a professional fashion model want to compete? "It looked like fun, so I dieted for a couple weeks and got into shape," Florian says. "I loved it and will be back. Model America in Las Vegas looks good to me."
Selected as both Ms. Bikini Universe and Model Universe Champion, Korean Do-Yea Kwon was a popular choice among both the audience and judges. The 5'10", 128 lbs., 27 year old fashion model traveled from Seoul to Miami Beach with Team Korea. After the show, Kwon spent the week celebrating her honeymoon with her new groom. Do-Yea says, "I was so overwhelmed when I won." She was part of a 25 member Team Korea delegation which won in so many categories throughout the weekend. With two Fitness Korea shows now produced each year, over 400 competitors participate at each show!
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.
Truly Canada's most accomplished sports model, '08 Model Universe Champion Julie Marsland has appeared in more magazines than any other talent. Last year, she placed 4th at Model America in Las Vegas and was stunning as ever. The 28 year old fitness fanatic love's for physical activity and dance began at an early age. This passion was a natural carry-over into the fitness industry, where she has worked since 2004 as a group fitness instructor and is currently a Reebok Master Trainer & spokesperson and personal trainer. Julie has graced five magazine covers, has appeared numerous times on television (such as ETalk Canada, Rogers TV), print ads (such as Oxygen, Elle Canada, Lou Lou) and radio.
Commercially popular model Nick Auger has just signed to join the Marines Corp. The 2003 Model Universe Champion who's made LA his base for the past few years recently said, "I need a real challenge in my challenge right now." Hot off print campaigns for Maybelline Asia and Hawaiian Aqua Hotels, the 6'2" former college computer programming major is now at boot camp in Virginia.
2006 Model Universe Champ R.L. Bond was just selected to shoot for both the Ebony and JET magazine calendars. To be released in October, the 2008 calendars will be photographed on the Mexico Riviera including Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The 6'4", 200 lbs. former semi-pro basketball player is also auditioning in South Beach for an MTV hosting role.