Last year, Female Muscle Slave brought you Images of 2011, so to keep the tradition going, we are doing the same again.
As before, we're not promising that all these pics were taken this year, but they have all arrived on the Female Muscle Slave desktop since January 1st 2012.
The only difference between last December's post and this one is that this year I was consciously thinking about the post all year, so I think it does reflect the year as a whole in a way that perhaps last year's more spontaneous post didn't, as collecting the images this way has allowed certain trends to be identified more easily.
All in all, I'm happier with these pics as a reflection of my female muscle lovin' year. A massive Happy New Year to all you lovely people who bother to read and comment on my little blog, and I do hope you enjoy this collection of images half as much as I've enjoyed choosing them.
The kind of picture that we'd all like to be taking given half the chance (or is it just me, as usual?). Over your morning coffee, only a few tables away. The rush of adrenaline, 'The Madness' descends, and before you know it, your phone is in your hand and you're zooming in on that arm... [Meanwhile she's texting her boyfriend about the weirdo who's a few tables away trying to take surreptitious pictures of her].
left: Anne Freitas: Phenomenon
One of the many eye-popping images of Anne to emerge from her training before the Europa Pro show in June. Freaky conditioning and muscularity. Just how we like it.
right: Rene Marven: Bringing It Back
A late entry into the list of images for this post, Rene's single-handed (well, maybe double-handed would be more accurate, but anyway) resurrection of the most muscular pose at the NPC Nationals in November would have been enough to get her into the charts, so the fact that she looked so fine doing it is a bonus. Hot stuff.
Gratuitous Abs Flex of the Year
So at this stage I think the contest is over. Sure, there will be more flexing for the cameras after the presentation, but right now there'a a man here who wants to give you a trophy and a medal and a bunch of flowers or something. But Elena is so taken with her own muscular midriff that she can't resist, or rather, can't stop flexing her abs. The guy puts the trophy down, and before he can hang the medal round her neck, she just can't help herself, she has to flex them. Bang! A completely unnecessary abs flex right in the dude's face. Absolute gold. And he stops himself reaching out and giving them a good stroking, which is probably why he's presenting and you and me are not. ps. Elena apparently stopped flexing her abs the following Wednesday.
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others I
A rear view of Kim Perez's knee-buckling massive upper body.
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others II
Elena again, with a webcam most muscular (and a little more breast than before).
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others III
Katka Kyptova's calves (sounds like the start of a tongue-twister, doesn't it? Katka Kyptova's calves caused chaos when uncovered...) No? Sorry. But we're all glad that the rumour Katka had switched to the Physique class were unfounded.
Abs Shot of the Year Runners-Up
left: The Six-Pack of Victory
The London 2012 Olympics gave us plenty of opportunity for guilt-free muscle-ogling, but my favourite shot of an athlete's abs was this unidentified martial artist. Hard to say why, but maybe it's because her sports bra matches her belt, or maybe it's because she's a winner. Maybe it's because those muscles look good enough to eat, or maybe it's because she's so damn cute with it. Probably all of the above.
right: Michela Soto
Abdominal perfection and a perfect tan. Oh, and she's an ex-porn star. Yummy.
Abs Shot of the Year Winner
Frida is a serial self-snapper, and the more freakily ripped she is, the more she seems to snap. This sizzling shot of skin, veins and granite blows me away.
Self-snapped images were becoming more and more common before the start of the year, but it seems to me as though 2012 was the year when self-photography became the norm. In fact, the quantity of images has been so great that it's almost impossible to choose 'The Best'. But two of my favourites were these pics:
left: The Babe and the Bandana
right: Mallory Haldeman
Rears of the Year
left: Julie Bourassa
Imagine Julie sashaying along the street in this outfit. No one would be able to take their eyes off her, indeed no one would be able to take their eyes off them. She'd leave destruction in her wake. Six car pile-ups, heart failures galore.
right: Leslie-Ann Armstrong
No apologies for re-posting Northern Ireland's finest rear. One reader commented on that first post: Stunning. Like a bronze statue. Indeed it is. So perfect is she that it is hard to believe that what you're looking at is sculpted flesh.
More Leslie-Ann and her magnificent rump here.
left: Maikku Hiljanen
Ask any group of men 'Who doesn't like a woman who can touch their toes?' and the only hands that will go up will be from those who didn't understand the question. Maikku brings that bit extra to the party, a kind of 'toe-touching plus' flexibility that I can't resist. As for the unidentified lady on the right, well, I doubt I need to explain what I find so appealing about her.
Love this. The effort it's taking to shift that weight is written not just all over her face, but also all over her upper body, and it's the bulging pecs that really hold my attention. She'll probably need a good massage after she's finished pushing her beautiful (and functional) body to the limit, and I know just the man to give it to her.
right: Cinderella 'Cindy' Landolt
One of our Women of the Year from 2011, Cindy is not getting any smaller, or uglier.
left: Nathalie Falk
I was on holiday in Germany. A friend of mine had recommended a certain bar...
right: Kortney 'KO' Olson
This new flatmate just walked in on us while we were at it, she was stark naked, and she just slung my girlfriend over her shoulder, warned me off with a quick bicep flex and as she was leaving the room said, 'I'll bring her back in the morning.'
Shock and Awe I
I love seeing, hearing or reading about reactions to female bodybuilders. Here Zoa Linsey gives some young ladies a sight they will never forget. The sexual excitement in the room is tangible from the photo (or is that just my imagination?) What's the situation here? Can you hire Zoa for parties? My 40th is coming up...
Shock and Awe II
The guy on the right looks like all his birthdays have come at once. He may have exploded with joy right after this snap was taken. The guy on the left, though, now his expression is a lot more complex. Sure, he's bagging an eyeful of Brigita Brezovac's bod while he can, but is there a tinge of sadness there too? Has he just understood he will never be so happy again, never again so close to the woman of his dreams? Too close to the Sun? Poor Icarus.
The major sites and the major photographers are still very much in evidence despite the rise of self-photography. But I really think that some of the big photo and video clip sites need a re-think in the face of the glut of images being uploaded from PCs and mobile devices these days. In my ill-informed, unqualified opinion, they need to start focusing on quality rather than quantity. Some of them have got a bit lazy, it seems to me. Is the female muscle lover going to keep paying for 40 almost identical images when there are so many free images of the same women available? Better, I think to give the punters fewer but more varied images that show off the subject with techniques beyond the amateur snapper. Just my opinion.
left: Rebekah Kresila
Don't get me wrong, I love this image. I love it enough to include it among the best of the year. She's amazing, the outfit, setting and lighting are all top notch. The only problem is that it comes as part of a set that contains pretty much the same image 40 or so times. I could have chosen from about 10 virtually identical images.
right: Rene Campbell
The future for female physique photography could be in images that bring something different to the viewer. More artistic, more textured than the image of Rebekah, and part of a small set of photos that show Rene in a variety of poses within the same location. Variations on a theme, but each a unique photo.
left: A Different Point of View
It doesn't help when different websites have virtually the same images too! But it's definitely good for the model to get three jobs' worth for one lot of posing. And besides that, this photo reminds me of the kind of images you used to get in the UK newspaper The Independent when it was first published - rather than run the same picture of the President, Prime Minister or whotever, they would run a picture of all the photographers and the President, Prime Minister or whoever. So well done to the photographer here for taking in the whole scene.
right: Denise Masino
Now here is a woman who can tell you a thing or two about offering something different. And now that pictures of female bodybuilders naked are everywhere, what does she do? Show you that you don't need to take it off to show it off! Well, Denise doesn't anyway. Although not many women can compete with her endowment.
Tina Chandler guest posing, in a great outfit, with a whip. Questions?
Female Muscle Slave favourite Nataliya Romashko up close.
At Home with Annie
James Cook's enviable position as Annie Riveccio's man has allowed him to shoot the muscle goddess in a variety of domestic situations this year, offering us a new kind of female muscle image, which you might call the 'professionally-taken candid'.
The Ecstasy of Muscle
Annie again, oiled and naked and doing what she loves. Cook is living the dream!
The Eyes Have It
Virginia Sanchez Masias has taken countless pictures of herself and her magnificent body this year, often when she has been extremely ripped and barely clothed. They're all very very sexy. But trying to choose between them proved very difficult. What I chose, in the end, was this image. Why? Well, she does have beautiful eyes. But more than that, it was, uniquely, the image that was different.
Happy New Year!
Female Muscle Slave will return some time in January.