For a long time, I wondered where fitness models came from. I know that sounds silly, like some buff stork drops them out of the sky and into Shape magazine , but really, the perception of the models typically seen and adopted by major modeling agencies are waify , long creatures, not exactly the six-pack clad you see doing crunches in those Champion ads. (Maybe except for Marisa Miller , but you get the picture). I was also curious as to how one goes about becoming a fitness model. Are the requirements the same? Who would you sign with? How physically fit do you have to be?
Last year, my question was semi-answered when I stumbled upon an ad for the Wilhelmina Hot Body Challenge. In a partnership with Shape and Men’s Fitness, the ad agency searched for their top “hot body” model to win a 5 year contract with the agency. Unknown to me at the time, Wilhelmina has a number of divisions that go beyond the “standard.” They have “fitness”, “sport,” “kids and teens,” and “curve,” among others. What I liked about this competition is that it was open to everyone – you didn’t need a special model code or be “in the know,” moms, teachers, mechanics, etc. could all participate. Last year, the spots went to a female real estate agent and a male personal trainer. See them here .
Well, the contest is back and piqued my interests. I wouldn’t consider myself the model type: 5′ 2,” clumsy, fidgety, but I thought it could be a fun experiment to see if I could get myself into “contest shape” by the entry deadline, November 17th. So I’m doing my own Wilhelmina Hot Body Challenge! Two months to get into fitness-model-esque shape. I anticipate sweat, determination and hopefully no tears, and if you’re interested in joining me I’ll be posting everything I am doing here. Sometime tonight or tomorrow, I’m really going to sit down and set up the eating and exercise plan, but I can tell you my goal is to make it varied, fun but challenging. I’ll be sticking to whole, unprocessed foods, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and will be eating low, natural sugars.
Will I lose inches? Will I lose pounds? Will I bring back my abs that have seemed to disappeared into no-man’s land? Maybe I’ll even post some before and afters – the opportunities are endless. Maybe. I guess we’ll just have to see.
NOTE: This challenge is supposed to be fun! There will be no actual tears (unless they are of the joy kind) and silliness and confidence are encouraged.