2017 Arnold Amateur Figure "D" & Overall Champion
"Is Mou Cong really the 'prettiest bodybuilder' on the planet?" asks FHM, before admitting "she makes a convincing case". "Face of an angel, body of the Hulk" is how The Mail Online describe her, while Maxim invites us to "Meet the shredded Instababe who's stunning beauty and rock-hard physique is causing a frenzy all over the web".
Mou Cong, before the media storm, had won the Arnold Amateur Overall Figure title in Columbus last month, and in the process made history as the first Chinese athlete to triumph at a global bodybuilding event. I've come far, she told Muscular Development Magazine after she had stepped off stage, referring to the 20-hour flight from China to the US, but she may as well have been talking about her global media profile.
Seems this "bodybuilder" has serious mainstream appeal. She's getting serious pick-up with news outlets and tabloids everywhere, noted Maxim. Given how damn good she looks in a rhinestone-covered bikini, it's easy to see why. FHM rated her "A+", and gave their readers the green light to ogle a woman with muscles. While the whole bodybuilding physique might not be "your thing", they write, there's no denying the appeal of the 32-year-old, who flaunts the bod she works so hard at. A tight six-pack, some incredible curves and, of course, that butt of hers is on point, fellas!
And there's no denying her achievement either. Mou finished top of a 50-strong Figure field at the Arnold Amateur. After seeing off fourteen other competitors in her class alone, she outshone the other five class winners in a high quality overall posedown.
So, is it to be Mou Cong who opens the way for other muscle women to get noticed by the mainstream media? Perhaps, but let's not get too excited. We've had Cindy Landolt in the Austrian-Swiss FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World countdown. We've had the "face of an angel, body of the Hulk" Julia Vins. And now it's Mou Cong's turn to have her brief moment in the news outlet/tabloid spotlight.
She still has far to go. Her Instagram still has only a somewhat modest following - less than 3,000 at the time of writing - so it's fair to say she's hardly caught the imagination of much of the world, or even her own country. But when the time comes for her to make her pro debut, I'm sure there'll be a few more female muscle fans who haven't forgotten about her and her rather unique blend of elegant muscular beauty.