Friday, 20 April 2018

Danni's For Sale

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News that British Natural Bodybuilding champ Danni Theresa was offering fans the opportunity to buy any number of posing suits and other outfits from her has certainly got my imagination working. If I could have any posing suit. or indeed any item worn by an FBB, which would I choose? And once purchased, what would I do with it?

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First though, Danni's offer in full.

I have several competition bikinis, including those I wore when I won the UK and World Championships. I also have micro bikinis from photoshoots I have done. They are available to buy and come with complimentary photos of me wearing them.

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Any questions or special requests, send an email to: themuscleminx@gmail.com or danniterresa@gmail.com I can send the items freshly worn and unwashed if preferred, and it can be a video of me flexing while wearing the item, rather than photos. I can also buy specific items and wear them for a photoshoot, then sell them to you. You just need to let me know where I can purchase them.


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Danni is obviously a muscle lady who values your custom. Sounds like she is (literally) willing to bend over backwards for you, and she's famously partial to the kind of minimal outfits that get the pulse racing. I have received a lot of emails from fans wanting to buy the extreme micro-bikinis, she notes elsewhere. They have proved (probably because of the photos that come with them!) to be very popular.

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I bet they are.

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Now I dare say you are aware that this revenue stream is mined by plenty of FBBs. You may even be the proud owner of a posing suit (or two or three hundred) yourself - it wasn't that long ago that a reader who owned a suit once worn by Debi Laszewski got in touch when we featured a pic of Debi and the suit in a post. Even if you are, but especially if you're not, my question is: What would your dream purchase be?

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A Denise Masino posing suit - perhaps from her kinky 2004 Olympia routine, nipple imprints still intact? You could own a piece of FBB history. How about something Rachel, or Cory, or Kim, or Lenda wore? For Euro fans, how about Juliette's or Valentina's or (for UK fans surely the ultimate) Andrulla's Olympia winning suits?

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I reckon if it was a return on your investment you wanted, something you could easily sell on later for a whacking profit, then you could do worse than invest in gold - advice as true in life as in FBB fandom. Denise Rutkowski's or Renne Toney's.

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Rather than a posing suit, perhaps something from a legendary photoshoot - perhaps lingerie, perhaps a dress. Perhaps the remaining bits and pieces of fabric that were once a shirt ripped to shreds by Angie Salvagno, or Julie Bourassa.

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For me, just about anything ever worn by Gina Davis would do nicely, but her evening routine posing suit from 2004 would be the ultimate. As would Denise Hoshor's legendary (in my house) 1998 WPW photoshoot sling bikini thing.

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Ideally, I'd like to have a Gina and/or Denise clone (as they were when they wore the garb, and they'd stay like that forever!) come wearing the item as part of the deal, but failing that, muscular mannequins (modelled to the exact specifications of Gina and Denise's bodies, naturally) would be (a distant) second best. If I collected enough we could open the FMS Museum of FBB Memorabilia! More realistically(!) framing the piece with an accompanying photo plus a signed photo as she is "now" would be entirely appropriate decoration for the FMS office, even if they would need regular cleaning from all the furious tributing that would be going on during lunch breaks.

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And suddenly I find myself starting to wonder what my dream Zuzana, Tazzie, Marja, Alina and Oana buys would be, and which items of a more contemporary vintage I might like to have on my office walls. I sincerely hope Danni makes a mint out of her offer, but another, unintentional result could well be a more packed than usual inbox for many of our favourite FBBs past and present. Remember to ask nicely now!

Enjoy!

And please, any suggestions you lovely readers may have for the FMS Museum of Memorabilia. What exhibits would you like to see hung in there? It's the usual email address: 6ft1swell@gmail.com, or if you prefer, the comment box below.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Woman of the Week: Traci Stone



Feels good to keep my hard-earned work and still lean out. It's definitely not easy and I'm definitely not smiling like this all day long. The sacrifices I made up until this point has been challenging. At times I look at my meals and supps and just stare at them blinking. I get invited to places by people that don't understand my lifestyle. Sure I could go out and take the chance of missing meals and supps or being the laughing stock because I brought my own. No thanks, I'd rather suffer and endure the journey and fulfill it to the best of my capabilities. That way if I fail I can only blame myself. Traci Stone

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Yes, I'm sorry that clip is so short too.

The upper body (in particular) of Traci Stone has set more than a few pulses racing lately, and here at FMS we have found ourselves far from immune to her charms.

Though largely unheralded on the forums before around mid-2016, the earliest reference to Traci that FMS has discovered goes all the way back to November 2011, the poster managing to be extremely complimentary and super creepy at the same time: I infiltrated the Facebook of this mysterious girl from San Diego (the creepy bit, "infiltrated"?!) and she might be the perfect woman! She is cute, she is clever, she is rich (the CEO of a clothing company for Bodybuilders), and she is strong.

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This is how Traci looked around then, and though we can't vouch that being the CEO of a Bodybuilding clothing company necessarily entails great riches, there's no faulting the majority of our creepy/complimentary forum poster's description otherwise.

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A couple of years on, and her now familiar upper body awesomeness was becoming all too apparent, and (no doubt as a result of that) Traci's social media posts started to reappear with increasing regularity and to increasingly effusive praise on the forums.

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She gained not just size, but also a following - one, that is, outside the female muscle head community, a real following. Among them you find names like Mmmmonique Jones and Heidi Worrell-Osborn, and countless women inspired by Traci's journey, women who tell her "you motivate me every day" on an almost daily basis. Currently her following stands at a very healthy 52,000+ - compare that to, for example, (the much more "famous") Mmmmonique's, which is just under 35,000.



What's different about the last few months has been the extent to which Traci has leaned out and allowed us to see all those "amazingly sexy muscles" in such detail. She's getting into contest shape (perhaps for the first time, I can't be sure). What contest it will be I have no idea, but it's soon, very soon, possibly this weekend. And reading some of the comments on her Instagram, it seems a pro card will be on offer - her followers not surprisingly confidently predicting that Traci will be getting one.

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I wouldn't argue with their assessment.

Traci (you may have guessed) mostly posts short clips rather than pictures of herself these days (which is something of a treat given the shape she's in right now). We leave you with one of my personal faves. It's hard trying to be cute when you have no fat in your face, she says. Somehow though, she manages to pull it off - in some style.



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Enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Big Is Back @FIBO 2018

For years and years Female Bodybuilders were practically banned from FIBO, this seems like a total comeback of women's muscle, like it used to be in the early years. (Post - on the forum whose first rule is... - by "achilleus", 15th April).

There were enough Bodybuilding girls [at FIBO] in the last few years. But not concentrated on one booth like this! (Reply by "Liesbeth", also 15th April).

Either way, and not being lucky/motivated enough to attend (ever) I'm in no position to judge the validity of either opinion, what's clear to both posters and to anyone who's seen even a fraction of the images that have gone up on social media and the forum boards in the past four or five days, there was some massive female muscle on show at this year's FIBO, and (as usual) we have Wings of Strength to thank for it.

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Just before we indulge, what's interesting about the advertised line-up is the mix of the "usual suspects" (Alina, Helle etc.) with those who have, until now, not been so closely associated with WoS events - especially the Russian duo of Natalya Kovalyova and, even more noteworthy, Nataliya Kuznetsova, the Beast from the East herself.

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Her appearance at the WoS booth has certainly got my imagination running wild. Is this the preliminary to Nataliya competing at a WoS show this year? Perhaps the Ms Wings International in Chicago, perhaps at one of the slated shows later in Europe in the autumn... As if we needed reminding, the sheer jaw-dropping scale of this woman is all too apparent in these pics from FIBO, whether she's standing next to a pro FBB muscle goddess or one of her many female fans. Now I can't help but imagine her on stage, glammed and tanned to a level we've not seen her at before. It's mind-boggling!

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I also can't help but imagine her being taken on by Alina, trained as Alina has trained up Lisa Cross and Elena Oana Hreapca so successfully. Nataliya, glammed and tanned and trained to a level we've never seen her at before, those mighty muscles conditioned to a level where only one-handed typing is possible for all but the most stoic, most disciplined female muscle lovers for weeks after her (potential) show...

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And it wasn't just the (bug-eyed) female muscle heads at FIBO who were drawn to her (there are plenty of pics with her dwarfing dudes, but that's not what you're here to see, is it?). Marina Lemenovskaya and last week's FMS Woman of the Week Slava Galagan dropped by and together they made a sort Russian dream triptych with Nataliya as the massive centrepiece. There's a lot of meat right there, with all three (hopefully) potential role models to Female Bodybuilders present and future.

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Young and old(er) turned up and flexed for the camera with the WoS team. Jana Linke Sippl (still beefy, and I'd recognise those pokies anywhere!) and Jéssica Sestrem were just two caught flexing off with Lisa. So happy to have met you all - the strongest women on the planet, gushed Jéssica afterwards. Inspirational!

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Along with everything else they do, WoS deserve a lot of credit for arranging for the stars of the sport to be at an event where they really get to feel like the stars they are.

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And no doubt such get-togethers only enhance their sense of "iron sisterhood" as well.

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Two of the newer women to come under WoS's er... wing here were Noelle Rockwell and Kristina Nicole Mendoza, who (if the pictures don't lie) appear to have bonded closer than most, apparently together from the start of the day through all the action at the WoS booth (and quite possibly) beyond, into the Köln night. Imagine running into these two at a restaurant/bar/club, squirming to hide your tentpole and gradually becoming aware every guy in the place is squirming just the same as you are...

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What an incredible day today in Köln, said Noelle of her experience on day 1 of the Expo alone. Got to hang out with some seriously impressive Female Bodybuilders, and met thousands of people who came by the booth throughout the day. "Thousands"! See?! Celebrities I tell you! STARS! Everyone was was so nice and supportive! she added. Great to see the love and appreciation from our fans!

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This is probably not the kind of feeling Noelle, or any of the other WoS crew, gets off people all the time. Times may have changed in terms of body ideals and the number of women weight training, but Female Bodybuilders capital F capital B are still freaks when they are out in the real world, with all the sniggers, tuts and outright nasty comments that entails. But here at FIBO, they were all able to feel the collective (and mutual) love. A great day with the greatest ladies in the world, as Jay put it.

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And there are more great European female muscle days to come in 2018 than there have been in (almost) living memory. In May and at the start of June there is not one but two pro FBB events scheduled in Italy, and during the FIBO weekend, Alina was meeting up with those responsible for the Romania Muscle Fest in November.

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Great days ahead, and by the looks of Lisa, great nights too.

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I can't decide whether it's hotter if she's about to go out like this or she's about to welcome her first "special fan" for an encounter he (or she) will never ever forget...

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Although having said that, encountering any FBB dressed anyhow, anytime, and anywhere is probably a pretty unforgettable experience. Finding nine or ten of the biggest and the best of them all at once must be... well, something like heaven.

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So now am I motivated (and feeling lucky), ready to commit to FIBO 2019 and seek out the Wings of Strength booth - to get my little bit of heaven? YES!!! I'm raring to go. Can you book twelve months in advance? I think I'll book a table for four at Reef and Beef too (Nataliya is going to need at least two seats, by then maybe three... Better make it a table for six). But on the other hand, I wonder whether it might all be too much, too heavenly. Such a massive, mouth-watering, groin-activating overload of beef (female, not the beef at Reef and Beef). Could I take it? Could I be the meet in the meet-and-greet and survive with my dignity (and pounding heart) still intact?

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Could you?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

P.E.A.R.L. (An Update)

Back in February 2016, FMS reported that French production company MK2 Films had "slated" (as they say in the movie business) a film called P.E.A.R.L. which would tell the story of "a professional female bodybuilding star Lea Pearl, whose past catches up with her when, just a few hours from the final of the most important competition of her career, her ex-boyfriend shows up with the 6-year-old son she has not seen in years".

Exciting stuff.

Filming was due to begin that September, and MK2 reported that the lead character would be played by "a real-life British bodybuilding star" and "announced shortly".

FMS immediately weighed in with casting suggestions from the obvious (Lisa Cross, Rene Campbell) to the frankly unlikely. Readers were enthused ("OMFG! That's INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!"). Fan forums briefly, but loudly, buzzed with anticipation.

Who is Lea Pearl?

Well, it's taken a while, but we can now answer that question.

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It's Julia Föry.

Not British, not a pro, but I think we can all agree a very good choice.

And even more excitingly, Julia is not going to play Lea Pearl, she already has played Lea Pearl. Filming began on 22nd September last year, it's already, as they say "in the can". The latest from MK2 is that the film is currently "in post-production", meaning it could well be doing the festival rounds as early as this summer.

We'll bring you more news as soon as we have any.

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OMFG!!!!