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Savannah Lynx: Model of the Moment Interview & Photos

She’s a Fitness Gurls Athlete, singer, dancer, model, and a powerhouse!



Photos by LHGFX

Savannah is a true triple threat. She sings, she dances and she models… and boy does she model! She’s the perfect combination of a runway model, party girl, and bombshell all packed into one of the most beautiful bodies we’re ever seen. We look at the Model of the Moment, Savannah Lynx.

Savannah, thanks for allowing our Fitness Gurls readers to know more about you! Give us a little background info on where you’re from, where you grew up and how were you like as a kid!
I grew up in rural Northern New Jersey. When most people hear NJ they immediately think “Jersey Shore,” but where I’m from people wear whale pants and Polo shirts instead of Ed Hardy and Bumpits. I’m an only child so naturally, I grew up pretty spoiled, but a lot changed for me when I lost my dad, grandparents, and dog all in the same year. With my faith in God, newly discovered passion for singing, and strength from my beautiful mother, I was shaped into the resilient woman I am today.

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You obviously had a natural knack for being a performer. You were crowned Miss New Jersey Teen and went onto Miss Teen USA capturing the Miss Congeniality title and placing in the Top 15. What made you decide to enter pageantry or were you influenced by your family?
I started competing in pageants at eight years old (FYI: they weren’t those glitzy pageants where toddlers wear ten pounds of makeup). The pageants I competed in were more like talent competitions with an interview portion. Preparing and competing gave me what I needed- an escape. With something to always look forward to, my mom and I could focus our energy on a positive rather than dwell on losing so much of our family. Some may say they’re just stupid beauty pageants, but in all seriousness, pageants were the glue that held my life together in a time of great strife.

Why didn’t you continue with the pageants? Obviously, you did really well in them!
Actually, I did continue. I went on to win Miss Swimsuit USA International and the International Las Vegas Model Search, pocketing over 35k in prize money. I’ve considered competing in Miss USA or Miss America, but there’s a part of me that feels it’s time to move on to something bigger and better.

It seems like your true love is music. At what age did you start singing? How about writing? Do you play any instruments?
I have a lot of true loves. I truly love food. I truly love to learn. Traveling, meeting new people…I love it all. But if I had to sum up the most fundamental component of what makes me, me, it all boils down to the fact that I’m a natural born entertainer. Give me a stage, I’ll give you a show. I don’t play any instruments, and to tell you the truth, I became a songwriter out of necessity. The people I was working with were writing crap that I just couldn’t bring myself to sing. I said to myself “Hmmm let me take a stab at this” and started writing. Turns out, I’m not so bad at it. The life of an entertainer is always three steps forward and two steps back…something I admittedly have trouble with. But that’s to be expected. I know that my destiny is in the arts, and I’m determined to see it to fruition.

Speaking of music, you were on BET’s show “F in Fabulous”! What is the show about and how did you become involved?
The show was short-lived, but a cool experience nonetheless. I would describe the show as M&M’s…the equivalent of television junk food that’s easy to mindlessly binge on. It was a spin on “Sex in the City” where the cameras follow four fabulous friends as they make their mark on fashion, music, and New York City. The show kind of fell into my lap after my good friend (and former Miss Teen USA) called me to say she met producers who had a concept. They asked her if she had any wild, interesting friends who would make good TV and she told them about me. The rest is history.

Each of you obviously has your own personalities. Was it difficult to get along with some of your costars?
Kamie and I have been close friends for years, but the other two cast mates and I didn’t know each other. I’d be lying if I said our personalities never clashed and tempers didn’t flare. A lot of big egos’s inside the same tiny room creates drama, but in the reality TV world, that’s exactly what they want.

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Moving along, you’ve been quite the fitness buff for quite some time now. At what age did you get into fitness?
Actually, I’m more of a mac n’ cheese buff, but thanks, I’ll take it. I got into fitness accidentally. For Miss Teen USA, I definitely felt the pressure to be skinny as opposed to fit, but it wasn’t until I moved to California that I found my love of running. I was dating this guy and we would fight so much the only thing I could do was go for a run to clear my head. Later, I realized I was just running away from him (quite literally), but I’ve kept it up ever since. I head out in the morning and run for hours on end, clearing my head and talking with God. These runs are much more than a way to stay in shape for me. In fact, they’re spiritual, medicinal, and centering for me in a way I haven’t experienced anywhere else. After a few months of running somewhere around 60 plus miles a week, I was surprised to find that I had accidentally gotten in the best shape of my life. Go figure.

Obviously, your passion for fitness paid off when you won Miss Swimsuit USA International! Have you ever thought about competing in fitness competitions?
I’ve definitely thought about it and am actually still toying with the idea. The only thing is I hate all that tanning crap you have to put on your body! It’s not exactly something I can see myself doing, although I have a lot of respect for anybody who is willing to push her body to the absolute limits of perfection.

How often do you workout and what kind of workouts do you do?
I workout every day and usually start my mornings off with a five to ten-mile beach run followed by floor exercises, spin bike, and rowing machine. Honestly, I don’t have much structure in how I train- meaning that I pretty much just do what I feel like doing. I like to listen to my body and let it tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. If I don’t feel like running one morning, I don’t. Maybe I’ll go for a hike out in the Malibu mountains, swim, or bike. If I have a competition or photo shoot coming up, I’ll push myself just a bit harder and cut back on calories. I think the key for me is spending as much time being active outside as possible.

What’s your favorite body part to train?
Legs! My legs have always been the most muscular part of my body (especially my freak-of-nature calves). I used to be very self-conscious of them, but I’ve learned to love and appreciate just how strong and powerful they are.

You must eat pretty healthy because you look awesome! What is your diet like? What are your staples in your fridge?
Well, thank ya! I stick to low carb/high fat, but if I want to trim up I’ll cut down on my daily fat intake as well. I always have raw veggies, cottage cheese, and nuts at my place to snack on, but dinner is usually lean protein and sautéed veggies. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is an amazing cook, so eating healthy never gets boring. Before him, I was eating burnt chicken and overcooked broccoli.

Do you ever indulge in treats such as sweets or pasta? What are your favorite reward meals?
Two words: PEANUT BUTTER. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but that’s all I ever want. I legitimately fantasize about shoving spoonfuls of it into my face. It’s not really a guilty pleasure if you can eat it in moderation, but clearly, that’s something I haven’t mastered yet. For me, if something is really worth it, I’ll eat it. Everyone knows life’s not fun without ice cream and candy.

How do you stick to your diet when you’re working or traveling?
I always make sure to pack some emergency protein bars with me to keep my blood sugar levels up. But I’m not gonna lie, I still have trouble with travel days. There’s something about being in an airport that puts my equilibrium out of whack. I usually end up snacking on a bunch of crap I didn’t need and still being hungry. No Bueno. Once I’ve arrived at my destination though, I’m pretty self-disciplined and always make sure to locate the nearest gym.

Lastly, what can we look forward to with Savannah Lynx this year?
I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now. I’m working on a jazz/blues album, taking acting and dance classes, modeling, and doing a lot of creative writing. I wish I could tell you what this year might bring, but to be completely honest, I have no idea. What I do know is that God will lead me where I need to go like he always does. But regardless of where my life will take me, I can honestly say it will be filled with challenges, successes, personal fulfillment, and adventure. The how, when, and where parts I’m still figuring out for myself.

For More about Savannah Lynx:
IG: @savannahlynx
Her website:
Photography by LHGFX
IG: @lee_lhgfx

Sunrise 8 mile run, coffee with M Rivers (check out his new song CHAMPION on YouTube!!), followed by afternoon rehearsal, and then watching the sunset in Malibu with my man. Working hard and surrounding yourself with people who make you a better you is what it's all about. Pushing yourself through that threshold is where true greatness is developed. Being ordinary is so lame. Challenge yourself to be the most fantastic freakin' thing you can possibly be!!!!! This is not a dress rehearsal this is your LIFE were talking about. Go out there and make waves! Change the world by sharing your light ⚡️⚡️⚡️Damn guys the next year is about to be 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Photo by the talented @ludwigaraujo for @fitnessgurls #lynxmode #singer #burlesque #jazz #fitness #blues #savannahlynx #ludwigaraujo #fitnessgurls

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11 Questions

11 Questions with Ali Lee

Interview with one of our newest Fitness Gurls Athlete stars



Photos by ZABU Photography

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I was a professional ballet dancer growing up and through my early 20’s so that instilled a discipline within me for which I’m most thankful. I started really zeroing in on my physical details when I was around 20 and it’s been a lifestyle ever since.

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What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
The most challenging part is probably staying on point while I travel, but I sat down and designed some workouts that are easy to do on the go and keep me toned and tight with very little equipment. Problem solved.

Do you listen to music while you train?
If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to? I love EDM and rap, but as a music artist myself I can appreciate almost any time of jams to train to… other than super pop like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry… those jams tend to kill my vibe. No idea why.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Currently, I lift at least 5 days a week and I love working with resistance bands. I have an extended tailbone which makes training a lot harder and resistance bands reduce pain and help me keep my hips in place when lifting.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I eat organic and don’t really think much about it after that. My favorite splurge food is probably frozen yogurt or doughnuts and definitely cake but I don’t consider those splurges b/c I only eat a little at a time. My body is highly responsive to what I put into it so a few bits and I’m fully satisfied.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I think crazy is relative… I do out of the box stuff every day so I’m told, but I remember a fun time when I went streaking and got scooped up by the 5-0. They were very forgiving since it was all in good fun, fortunately, most of the crazy stuff I’ve done has to do with being nude in public I just realized.

What is your greatest strength?
I have an internal and unshakeable belief I myself, likely instilled in me as a child from my mommas deep, wonderful, consistent love.

How do you measure success?
How emotional well I am directly related to my perceived success. The happier I am, the more great things flow in my direction and the more I am able to capitalize on those vibes. The only goal in life is happiness bc when you’re happy and full of love you can literally change your reality and that of the collective consciousness… the whole world.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Just remember we are all beginners when we start to try out the equipment. Ask for help. Stay proud of yourself for getting in there even if you run into some fancy pants gym goers that give you a crooked eye. All your power comes from staying strong and understanding that training is as much a mental game as it is physical. Let no one deter you. Stick with it and create your new habits. Your mind and body will forever thank you.

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
I shot with Harry of LGHFX in LA and a homeless addict stole my wallet while we shot. Then Harry spent another 8 hours with me and a wonderful group of homeless ppl I can now easily call friends, searching for the girl that stole my wallet. We followed her on foot till 1 am and never got my wallet back. The next day, the homeless friends we made called Harry’s cell and said they got my wallet with my ID and credit cards still there totally wild.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
I’d bring my Unify water so I could stay hella hydrated, a handful of edibles so I could stay hella happy, and a jam box of sorts so I could blast sounds and dance about till an airplane flying overhead hears me and sends help. And my pen. I have to have a pen to write with or I’ll lose my mind.

For More about Ali Lee:
Follow her on IG: @therealalilee
Ali Lee is a Fitness Gurls Athlete
Photography by @zabumutua

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11 Questions

11 Questions with Tess Bonanni

Fitness Gurls talks with the gorgeous Australian-based Fitness Influencer



Photos by @abccreative

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
Growing up in Alice Springs, Sport and being active was always a part of my upbringing. My parents always encouraged me to be involved in different sports. At the age of 5, I started Taekwondo, 10 years later l was the first female junior Black Belt in my hometown at the age of 15 to achieve this.

It taught me dedication and commitment and also how to focus on training for my goals in life, it is a great skill that l still hold with me today.

When I moved to Brisbane I signed up at a gym, not long after I did a 12-week challenge and stepped into the gym properly. Once that finished I set myself up to compete in my first fitness competition. After that, I was hooked… I knew I wanted to pursue the sport further.

I researched the different federations and found the one that suited me the best l teamed up with current Coach Andre about 3 years ago and we have spent years building my body to fit the IFBB bikini criteria, He has helped me incredibly! but it’s a sport where I need to be extremely mentally and physically committed.

I know l have the passion and dedication to take it to the next level, My ultimate goal is to one day be a Professional Athlete and to live every day working and encouraging others to be the best they can possibly be in life.

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What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Self-doubt! I find this the most challenging especially when I’m getting ready for a show. It’s taken me a long time to stop comparing myself to how other fitness models look. It’s gotta be about you and how much you’ve progressed in you’re own journey.

What products and supplements do you swear by?
I don’t take a whole lot of supplements, But I have a thermogenic and L Carnitine first thing in the morning before cardio. At the moment I’m using MTS Drop Factor and Alca Pure.

A good Isolate protein powder which I mix in with my morning oats and a shake after my session. BCAAs during my workouts to help reduce muscle breakdown and increase muscle repair. And of corse all my vitamins, including ATP Science Alpha Venus and Cort RX – these two products are great for females!

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
All exercises that hit the shoulders are my favorite.
GLUTES! Hip thrusts, Kickbacks, Glute bridges – you can never stop perfecting your peach!
Abs – I don’t train them much anymore but I love having a strong core.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
YES! 99% of the time I train solo so my headphones are the first thing I make sure I have in my gym bag. I’m a Trance girl so it’s pretty much the only music I listen to. Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery.

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
No, I haven’t. In my opinion, l try to stay true to my natural self, The majority of my close friends and the industry that I work in are completely separate from my gym life.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
My training regime is always changing depending on what body parts I need to focus on. At the moment it’s:

Monday – Glutes and Hamstrings
Tuesday – Shoulders and Tris
Wednesday- Glutes and Hamstrings
Thursday- Back and Bis
Friday – Glutes & Hamstrings
Saturday – Shoulders
Sunday – Rest and Recovery

I also do 1hr of LISS cardio every morning to clear the mind.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
This is a hard question!! My favorite clean foods would have to be oats, I have them every morning when I’m on-season and off-season. A big healthy salad and a good steak! Splurge foods… PANCAKES! I’m a real sweet tooth so it has to have maple syrup and ice cream. And anything Italian!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
My fur baby (Lulu)
And food!

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Find a good PT/Coach to guide you through different exercises until you get the hang of things yourself.
Set your GOALS!! Not just short term but long term too.

Throw yourself in the deep end and train on your own – I know there are some gyms out there that can be quite intimidating but it’s only going to build your confidence!

Work hard, stay consistent, be patient, enjoy the journey and always remain humble.

What’s next for you?
Well, I finished my last show of the season two weeks ago. So right now me and my coach are working out what shows to put in place for me next! So stay tuned haha 🙂

For more Tess Bonanni
Height: 166cm / 5’5″
Weight: 57kg / 125 lbs.
Born In: Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Resides: Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Facebook: Tess Bonanni
Instagram: @tessbonanni
Photos by: @abccreative

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Arianny Celeste March 2018 Cover Model



Photo by LHGFX

Arianny Celeste is recognized as one of the most consistent personalities of the UFC where she has worked as an Octagon Girl since 2006. In addition, Arianny is also the Co-Host of the popular Velocity TV show, Overhaulin’. She is adored around the world for her exotic beauty and a great relationship with her fans. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arianny booked her first modeling job when she was just four months old. Growing up as a very athletic and hardworking young woman, she excelled in cheer, dance, and gymnastics before attending UNLV to pursue a degree in Fitness Management and Nutrition. Fluent in Spanish, Arianny has quickly become one of the most sought-after talents in the modeling world. Photos by LHGFX

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