I recently had the pleasure of working with Kelly Dooley, the founder of BodyRock Sport. She has chosen me to be the face of her brand new swim line, in what will be my first ever catalogue work. This shoot was quite the learning experience for me as it really took me out of my norm. Catalogue work is much different than what I am used to, as you aren't trying to be super sexy, or strong and chiselled as you would in a glamour or fitness style shoot.
I have learned that in order to be marketable to all types of women one has to be careful not pose in certain ways as to bring out or show too much definition in your muscles, and In some cases photographers may reduce or soften muscle lines and definition in order appeal to a wider target market. This is something I'm not used to doing as I am very proud of my muscles and I always love to show them off :). When modeling, one must be able to manipulate his/her body in many ways in order to attract different types of audiences. So, I was very happy to have this opportunity to learn and grow and I am very pleased with the final results.
It is my hopes and aspirations, that as time goes by, more and more women will view a strong feminine physique to be the norm. I, so badly, want to see more girls in the gym training with weights, and of course, wearing their BodyRock Sport outfits, as I am often mainly surrounded by men in the gym and this does not seem right to me.
I want to thank Kelly Dooley for helping to inspire women to be fit, strong, active, and at the same time fashionable. I can't thank her, and her crew, enough for making this such a fun and positive experience for me. I can't wait to work with them again!
MEET VANESSA TIB, THE FACE OF OUR FIRST SWIM COLLECTION, AND FIND OUT WHY SHE IS THE ULTIMATE BODYROCKER!
Last summer, while at the airport, I was perusing Hudson News in [singlepic id=18 w=180 float=right]search of a magazine to kill some time while flying, and I stumbled upon Natural Muscle Magazine, and was awe struck by the beauty of the cover model. I later discovered that this bronze beauty was Vanessa Tib. Fast forward a year. I had just finished our first swim collection, and was in search of the perfect model to represent BodyRock Sport. Through pure serendipity, I stumbled upon Vanessa, and after realizing that she lives in NYC, I contacted her to see if she was available to shoot our swim line. The instant we met, I fell in love with her. In addition to being beautiful, she is also very sweet, silly, smart and down-to-earth. Simply put, we loved everything about Vanessa and can't wait to work with her in the future. In casting models to represent BodyRock Sport, it's very important that they possess the qualities that we find most admirable in women. Read below to see why we consider Vanessa to be the ultimate BodyRocker!
Where are you from?
I was born and partially raised in the Dominican Republic. I came to the USA when I was 12 and have lived in New York City ever since.
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
I truly believe that beauty comes from within. Someone can physically be the most beautiful person in the world, but if they don't possess the personality to supplement it, then their physical beauty is worthless. A beautiful person to me is someone who is gracious, caring, giving, kind, and humble even after achieving great success in life.
[singlepic id=159 w=180 float=left] How do you handle the pressure to be "perfect" in this very critical industry?
People are constantly judging one another based on appearance, especially within the fitness industry. I am a realist and know that no one is completely perfect, and I am no exception to this. I simply try my best to continue making positive changes to my physique and take things day by day. As long as I know that I am doing my best to better myself, that is all that matters.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
I would have to say, I feel the most beautiful after a nice weight training session as my body feels healthy and fit. Also, after getting my hair, nails, and makeup done! Make up does wonders for a girl; it always makes me feel pretty, no matter what is going on in my life. Of course, you must also have a nice outfit to complete the look!
What do you do to rock your body?
I'm constantly rocking my body, whether at the gym during weight training, running, sprinting, or hiking outdoors. One can make such positive changes to his/her body with strength training and living a healthy lifestyle. I seriously wish more people would get into living a fit lifestyle, especially women. Don't be afraid to lift heavy weights--rest assured, you will love the new, strong, sexy you!
[singlepic id=158 w=180 float=right] Why do you love BodyRock Sport?
I love BodyRock Sport because the designs do not compromise beauty or functionality. All the designs are geared towards making women feel sexy, beautiful, fashionable and confident. You totally want to rock your body after putting one of these outfits on. BodyRock Sport is what the industry was missing!!!
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
I would tell myself to start wearing sunscreen at an earlier age. With skin cancer on the rise, especially in young women, it is never too early to start taking measures to prevent issues that may arise in the future. You have to take care of yourself.
What are some beauty products that you can't live without?
My facial moisturizer, foundation, mascara, and lip gloss. I never leave my house without them.
Who is the most influential female in your life and why?
The most influential female in my life is my mother. She is the most hard working, caring, and loving person that I know. I would not be the person I am today without her and I feel blessed to have her as my mother.
[singlepic id=160 w=180 float=left] What makes you look and feel your best?
As I mentioned earlier, I love how I feel and look after a good workout session. Seeing your body change in a positive way, from hard work and dedication, will make you so proud. Throw on a cute outfit, have your hair and nails done, and you will have the complete package. I absolutely love being a fit girl!! XOXO