Anna Stupak is leading Russian model. She is 38-years-old and looks amazing. She is a former bodybuilding (bikini fitness level) competitor. She is presently a Bikini and Fitness Model.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar had a candid interview with Anna Stupak, leading Russian Fitness model where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skin care and her success story.
You were a former bodybuilding (bikini fitness level) competitor. What propelled you into the world of modeling career to the height where you have been a leading fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about this fairy tale journey?
Although I have always been conscious about the way I look, I didn’t step into the gym until I was 29-years-old. It looked boring to me and I wasn’t a very sporty person, so working out in a gym was not appealing at all.
However, when I moved to Miami, I met a guy who was a fitness trainer and he said he was the best in Miami. He said “train with me for two weeks and you will see a change in your body.
I didn’t believe him, but since I really liked him, I agreed.
We started training and, to my surprise, I really enjoyed it even though during some of the tough workout sessions I felt like throwing up! After just two weeks I could already see results and the trainer then asked me what kind of body I wanted to achieve. As a joke I showed him a photo of a bikini fitness pro woman and he said I could achieve those results, but it would take six months of dedication. I was 29 and wasn’t convinced, but the trainer challenged me and I couldn’t refuse!
One year later I was competing professionally and won first place in my class (tall class bikini NPC). It was an absolutely incredible journey for me, especially because I once thought it was impossible. I was bad at sports growing up, I was terrible at running and anything else active, I also had flat feet and a fear of being on stage and being stared at! So to go on and win first place in a fitness competition later on in my life was amazing. The experience made me realise everything in life is possible, it’s only a question of motivation!
If you really want to do something, you can achieve it – just be positive and believe in yourself.”
You are an extremely talented bikini glamour model. Walk us through your journey and share an exciting moment from modeling?
After competing in, and winning, a few fitness competitions, I became more confident posing on stage and in front of cameras. I felt so beautiful on stage and being physically strong and in such good shape boosted my confidence, my self-esteem skyrocketed and even my mental attitude became more positive. However, I never planned to pursue a long term career in bodybuilding, it just happened by chance and I rolled with it! Once I grew more confident physically, I started posing for sexy swimwear/bikini modeling shoots and found I enjoyed that too.
I couldn’t pick out one exciting moment from my modeling and bodybuilding career, because it’s all been highly enjoyable!
I don’t do bodybuilding right now and my body has softened and looks more curvy, but I’m still toned and make sure I exercise regularly to stay in shape and keep healthy. It’s vital to keep active, even if it’s just for one hour each day! Our bodies need to move, they are not designed to sit on the couch all day.
You had issues with your body in your twenties when you followed fad diets and took fat burning diet pills so that you could be extremely skinny. What advice do you wish to give the young girls in the world of modeling?
“My advice would be never starve yourself or take diet pills!
Most importantly, try not to change yourself and your body too much. Just try to be the best, most healthy version of YOU.
Nowadays everything is in fashion for bodies: skinny, curvy, tall, short, big butts, small butts. I think what’s most appealing is personality, confidence and how you carry yourself.
Yes, it’s great to better yourself, but it’s so wrong to want to be the exact opposite of what you are naturally. I mean, some people are just born to be skinny and it’s extremely difficult for them to gain weight, and they often feel insecure because they wish they would be able to gain some weight and look more curvy sometimes.
Others may be born with a different body type, and for them to be skinny means they would have to starve themselves all day long and do endless cardio, etc… and maybe some of us might be born (or raised ) totally differently, might look overweight and no matter what they do their body will never be skinny enough. It’s all genetics, plus the way we were raised in our childhood. People have different cultures, family eating habits, customs and so on…
Look at Italians: most eat pasta with bread and wine three times a day and they all look fit. Yet when I spent a year in Italy eating just the half of that I gained 10kg very quickly.
We cannot change who we are and we should not try to because everyone is beautiful and is perfect the way he/she is. It’s like girls with beautiful curly hair always want to have straight hair, when the girls with the straight hair always curl it 🙂
Just try to be the best version of YOU!
Eat healthy and try to do some activity daily, but don’t go to the extreme. Growing up I was extremely insecure of my appearance. From my childhood I thought I was ugly, because I wore wear glasses and was not that tall and skinny like some girls that ended-up joining modeling agencies in Moscow. I even was always conscious of my calves thinking they were too big. I wanted to be very skinny because it was the fashion at that time so I downed fat burning bills and ate very little. It was so unhealthy and silly because my body is not naturally super skinny.
When I moved to Miami though, everything changed and my mental state altered, I met absolutely different examples of beauty and body shapes, i saw that some people were jealous of my big calves and appreciated my “real shape” which is more womanly and curvy yet toned. I soon realised I did not have to be a size XXS to be considered attractive and started to love my natural body shape.”
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