Last weekend I was blessed to compete at the IFBB Florida Grand Prix in West Palm Beach. This was my second out of Texas pro show and am proud to announce I received 1st place in the Pro Masters (competitors 35 years and older) and 3rd place in the Pro Open (competitors of any age).
I arrived at West Palm Beach Saturday morning since the Pros were scheduled to compete on Sunday. We normally compete on Saturday but I later found out there were a few girls that competed in the Pittsburgh Pro Saturday. It made for a later start time but we were able to do finals just a few hours later.hair, makeup, and suit color. I
This competition I made a few changes to my overall look. Part of the judging includes hair, makeup, and suit color. I knew I needed to bring a fresh look as I am always recognized for the big afro style curls. A close friend and former competitor helped me find longer curls to add to my own for a more dramatic look to my hair. I also changed my hair color to my more natural dark brown as opposed to the red locks I usually rock on stage. I was a bit nervous because the curls were looser than my tighter curls but my stylist Brittany curled all of my hair for a perfect match and they all blended together.
She also did my makeup with a smoky eye finish and on stage, the complexion looked flawless with my tan body. Usually, it’s a lot brighter than the spray tan but she applied the perfect finish.
As for my competition suit, I decided to go for the purple ombre. Maria Thaikos, owner of Goddess Glam Competition Suits handcrafted my suit and it fit perfectly. The color and Swarovski stones gave an intense effect to my overall presence on stage.
Once my hair, makeup, suit, and jewelry were all in place I felt ready to dominate the stage. This was the best I have ever looked and pleased with my posing and conditioning.
Prejudging started around 4:30 pm at Keiser University and lasted close to an hour and a half. After individual poses, we have to stand in a diagonal line and hold our front or model pose until all ladies have done their posing and then wait for call outs. Needless to say, it made for a long competition due to being in two classes. In the Masters class I felt confident and when called for first call outs I made sure to shine brighter than the rest in the comparison round. Taking my time and keeping my composure in each movement was vital. My confidence was high and I felt in tune with everything around me. Once the Open class started I felt practiced and felt my individual posing was better the second time around. With 22 beauties making first callouts in this class made my energy soar. During the comparison round, I felt confident that my placing was top 3 and the finals proved my instincts to be right. As for the Masters, receiving 1st place was surreal. My heart soared knowing my hard work paid off. The bikini class is very subjective and at times you cannot be sure if the judges are looking for a leaner or softer look. I tend to get very lean and I definitely fit that look at this show.
Each show brings a new outcome and set the tone for the next show. What’s next?? The Olympia of course.