Q: What's better than a beautiful glammed up muscle woman?
A: TWO beautiful glammed up muscle women.
Welcome, one and all, to 241 Tuesday.
Physique Olympia champ Dana Linn Bailey is, unsurprisingly for the most popular muscle woman in the world (see FMS passim), a woman who other muscle women want to have their picture taken with. The also extremely well-followed Vanessa Tib (left), and Jody May (right) capture the moment. Jody was reported on one website to be "back in the gym" recently. It doesn't look to me like she ever left it.
And here's another fitspirational champ, multi-Figure Olympia winner Nicole Wilkins, looking effortlessly classy. Her perky friend is Renee West, an NPC Physique competitor who you can see more of on her Instagram and contest galleries at NPC News Online. I like being muscular and strong in appearance, I’m proud of my physique and the hard work I’ve put into it, says Renee. But sometimes I like to keep covered up. Fortunately, this was not one of those times.
SISTERS OF IRON
On the left, Physique pro Erica Blockman and her sister Sondra. This may have been taken a while ago because it seems to me Erica is the way bigger sis now - and I make it my business to watch her Instagram like a hawk. To be honest, I haven't heard much about Sondra recently, but it turns out she is still competing - NPC Bikini division. Fitness is not a destination... it is a way of life! she says. I imagine Erica's mantra replaces the word "fitness" with the word "muscle".
And on the right, the woman who calls herself Julieta Fit and her more well-known, much more fantasised about, and much much bigger sister. This seems like the sort of family snapshot you might find (minus the muscles, of course) adorning mantelpieces the world over, but I wonder if those Muscle Angels clips where Julieta touches up Oana as she flexes ever make it into the family home movie night...
Even the earrings are bigger! VSM dwarfs compatriot Raquel Hernandez Olmo in every way except that Raquel has got a bigger medal. Well, she's got the only medal in the picture. And on the right, more evidence for my theory that post-show female muscle glamour is as good as it gets. Proof on this occasion is provided by British WBFF stars Laura Madge and Su Farrell giving us a breathtaking 241 double bicep.
What kind of dress should I wear for the photoshoot? asked Monica. Well, anything really, Colette replied. As long as it's at least two sizes too small. And on the right, a real rarity. The only existing photo that our research team could uncover in which Yvette and Brandi Mae are wearing any clothes at all.
Seriously though, really, if we just go back little to the Renne West quote about covering up for a moment, the key factor was how she was feeling and where she was going. Post-show gatherings of female bodybuilders are where the women look (and feel) their best - having just competed - and provide an atmosphere where they're at their most comfortable - as they are surrounded by the like-minded and like-muscled. Consequently, they never seem to cover up at such gatherings. It's de rigeur for the guns (and shoulders, and more often than not the chest as well) to be fully on show.
Hence the magic.
Top left, Dana Linn again, this time with Michelle Davis in her more muscular days. Top right, the sexy, sultry and volcanically smouldering Andrea Holliday and friend Dawn Hinz-Pugh look like they may have caused some serious damage that night - you know, guys so transfixed by such muscular beauty they walked/drove into/through/over stuff etc. Bottom left, Margie and Alana trade "Do my shoulders look big in this?" gags. And finally, bottom right, the halter top. Always a winner for the muscular woman, exposing the arms, shoulders and back in one - as modelled here by the great Gina Davis. And a bodybuilding days Karina Nascimento models that other great staple of the muscular woman's wardrobe - the asymmetric off-the-shoulder number [are you sure you know what you're talking about?- ed.].
Even when I did find an FBB with covered arms they weren't really covered at all. And do you also get the feeling that Toni Norman (above, with Vicky Nixon) probably lost the lace shawl thing as soon as she hit the dance floor that night?
And to finish off our post today, two favourites that double your pleasure of beautiful muscular women caught at their most devastatingly glamorous. Above, Myriam Bustamente and Heather Foster, and below, the divine Debbie Bramwell and Elena Sieple. All four just seem to epitomise what I've been rambling on about!