In one of the biggest events of the season, the recent Model Universe Championships hosted over 100 of the world's top sports fitness models. Winning the Men's Division was Berny Granados of Costa Rica pictured here with show host Melissa Pittman. The 31 year old personal trainer was a professional baseball player before getting serious with power training to develop his physique. He has appeared in numerous Central American magazines, retail commercial campaigns and fashion shows. At 5'10", 180 lbs., Berny is capturing a lot of attention since winning in Miami. He will soon travel to Los Angeles for a series of agencies meetings and photo sessions with three magazines.
It all started less than a year ago at the Model Universe in Miami, but Tyler McPeak has risen fast with commercial shoots and a couple of magazine covers. The 6'2", 220 lbs. former high school and college baseball and basketball player recently signed with two New York agencies but prefers to work from his home in the Appalachians of western Virginia and commute to the Big Apple when called. Tyler will host at the Model Universe in June joining Fitness America Pageant Champion, Lindsay Messina.
As a full-time airline attendant, you might give Julie Marsland a double take. But as one of the most popular sports fitness models, she gets more than her share of looks. The 30 year old Canadian has always been athletic especially in classic dance and soccer. Since turning her interests to modeling, Julie won the 2008 Model Universe Championships and has appeared in over 40 magazines including a dozen covers, numerous commercials including a recent gig for American Express, Boxflex and Lori Fabrizzio Cosmetics.
He jumped from high school to the Marine Corps. to the New York fashion scene. Since then, New Jersey's Ryan Enriquez has been in hot demand by photographers, fashion shows and designers. He's competed twice at Model Universe and enjoys the modeling industry, but currently Ryan is earning his master degree in economics and wants to enter US Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS). The 6'2", 195 lbs., 24 years old former football player has always been a talented athlete and current trains daily to maintain his lean appearance.
Sean John Macy's recent runway show in New York City included 2006 Model Universe RL Bond. The 6'3", 195 star also sported Russell Simmons clothing line "Argyle" known as Regatta USA. RL will soon spend a month modeling in South Africa and has been picked for a music video shoot in London. He will be a speaker at next year's Model Universe Seminar Series in Miami. More news about RL soon.
One of the industry's hottest models attended the Universe Weekend in Miami but wasn't competing. Runway and commercial model superstar Anchal Joseph was the guest of former Model Universe Champion R.L. Bond and said she enjoyed the aura of health and natural fitness and the hundreds of good looking people. "Since appearing on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7, I have devoted some time to working with a physical trainer in the hopes of gaining a more toned and defined figure," said Anchal. "In the show, I was very self-conscious about my figure, which was quite fuller than the other girls." Hopefully, we will see Anchal on stage at Model America in Las Vegas.
In just his first year in the industry, Alex Ceobanu has quickly become one of Eastern Europe's hottest runway models. The 20 year old Romanian college student has already appeared at Milan, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow shows where he adorned Nike, Quicksilver and Asics. Alex is next planning to compete at Model Universe but before landing in Miami will appear at shows in New York and two commercial auditions in Hollywood. Not bad for his first 12 months of work!
Since completing his service in the Marine Corps. and serving in Iraq last year, Ryan Enriquez has maintained his momentum and is continuing to make out big. Last month, he signed with Red Models of New York and already did a 2xist promotion and Gillette commercial. He is in demand for runway shows and fashion events as well as commercial photo campaigns. Ryan made a big impact at the '07 Model Universe in Miami and will be returning this year 15 lbs. lighter and in better condition. He says the lighter, tighter and more athletic appearance is getting him work.