A:I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I also attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in journalism and English. Go Wildcats!
Q:When did you decide to compete in the figure division?
A:I have a long history of modeling and pageants and I am a former Miss teen Arizona. So competing in figure competitions wasn't too far of a stretch for me. I had thought about it for years but just decided about two years ago to get serious and start competing.
Q:What do figure judges look for, in your opinion?
A:I think the judges look for the whole package. Meaning they're looking for symmetry, muscularity and conditioning, but with femininity and good stage presence.
Q:What body fat percentage do you compete at?
A:I like to compete at around 9%. But when I'm not competing I don't go up too much from that maybe 10 or 11%. I like to stay lean year-round.
Q:Can you give us your diet pre contest?
A:My diet constantly changes-sometimes weekly, even biweekly. I eat a lot of carbs even during contest prep consisting of both white and brown rice, oats, etc. Of course I eat a lot of lean meats like chicken and filet as well as salmon and white fish.
Q:What pre contest workout style do you do?
A:I continue to lift heavy and with intensity pre-contest as I would during the off-season. But I do increase my cardio both in days and duration as the show gets closer.
Q:Describe the transition to fitness model...
A:I honestly did a lot of fitness modeling before I became a figure competitor. I've been in local magazines, shot a fitness video, and modeled for Pirelli all before I ever competed. I've always been into fitness and have stayed fit over the years, and modeling has been a part of that.
Q:Where have you been published?
A:Ms.Bombshell, 303 magazine, kick fit magazine, Fitmodeltv, ms bikini mag, featured on the models observer and other websites. And I will be featured in a couple of magazines later this year.
Q:As a nutritionist, what advice can you give the general public dietary wise?
A:Everything in moderation. Try to eat as healthy as possible all the time rather than go to extremes to diet for a short period of time and then regain all the weight that was lost. It's about a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained over time.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com