IFBB Bikini Pro
I am an IFBB Bikini Pro originally from Jacksonville, NC but I moved around quite a bit as I grew up in a Marine family and just so happened to marry a Marine. I have always had a bit of a rebellious side, but don't we all? I guess growing up as a Marine brat in a family of six, I felt the need to stand out and not always in a good way : ) This girl needed to find an outlet for all the energy I had bottled up so I trained in Okinawan Seidokan Karate. I eventually earned my black belt and began helping my father instruct classes at the dojo.
During my teen years my true passion was cheerleading where I competed on the Varsity squad in high school. I thrived in an environment where my competitive spirit and determination to always excel was able to flourish. Upon graduation from high school I attended Miller Motte Technical College in Wilmington, NC and became a licensed cosmetologist. Soon after, I met my husband Kasey, got hitched and we moved to San Diego. Then in 2010, we welcomed our amazing son Cameron into the world. I worked out throughout my entire pregnancy and made getting my pre-baby body back a top priority! I began modeling and got my first magazine cover just 8 months post pregnancy! I enjoyed working out and like I said I am very competitive. My husband who at this time had competed in a few bodybuilding competitions mentioned a new bikini division.
After going to support him at his shows and then attending the LA Fit Expo, I entered my first show, the "Flex Bikini Model Search" in February 2012. It was such a great experience that I was instantly hooked. I have since moved to Wilmington, NC. I trained 5-6 days/week in pursuit of my IFBB pro card in the Bikini division. Right after a 5th place finish at my first National NPC Competition (JR USA's) and 2nd ever, I signed with Optimum Nutrition, although I had been using ON products for years! Just 6 weeks later I competed at the 2013 NPC Team Universe placing 3rd and missing a Pro Card by 1 place :( . I wasn't going to let it get me down though, I was determined to continue to improve because I wanted to come back to that very show and prove to the judges and myself that there is no quit in this girl. I chose to do the first National show of the year again in 2014 (JR. USA's). I placed 3rd which was an improvement off my 5th place from 2013, but I felt that I was truly meant to go back to New Jersey and earn my pro card at NPC Team Universe. Over the 6 weeks between the 2 shows I gave everything I had to training and dieting. With the support of my coach / husband and my amazing Team / Sponsor (Optimum Nutrition) I went to New Jersey and placed 1st in Bikini Class A and earned IFBB Pro Status!