Elizabeth Nguyen rose to the top of the 15,000 gorgeous women who entered the latest Maxim Cover Girl competition, winning the crown, the cover, and the $25,000 prize money. She is a figure skater, who does gymnastics, ballet, tennis, and she even ran for track and field. She is a five-time U.S. national competitor and earned the title of U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) Double Gold Medalist in both the USFS Free Skate and USFS Moves in the Field Tests. According to Elizabeth “I only did 3 years of college majoring in biochemistry aiming towards the profession of a dermatologist or a pharmacist! I had to put my education on hold due to traveling and opportunities in modeling & acting. I still plan to continue my education one day!”
She is officially the first Asian American to win the Maxim Cover Girl contest 2020. She is also Miss Balboa Island 2020 in the Miss Orange County Regionals.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Elizabeth Nguyen, twice Gold Medalist U.S. Figure Skating and Maxim Cover Glamour Model here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her beauty secrets and her success story.
You must have started your career in modeling at a very young age. As at the age of 20 years you won the “Maxim Cover Girl” January/February 2020. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about this fairy tale journey?
Wow, thank you so much but actually, I haven’t! I’ve recently got into modeling and before that, I was actually competing in beauty pageants. So all my life, I’ve been training and practicing all the time! And, right before pageantry, I was competing as a professional figure skater for the United States! My fairy tale story of being the Maxim Magazine Cover Girl started in the back seat of my Dad’s car, on the way to my daily figure skating practice. I was browsing on my phone and saw a sign up ad that read “Do you want to be the next Maxim Cover Girl?” Without much thought, I messily filled out all the info, barely completing the form, since we already arrived at the figure skating rink for my practice.
Then a few days later, I received a message in my inbox saying I was accepted and in the running to become the next Maxim Cover Girl! I honestly didn’t believe it at first because being a timid and extremely cautious person, I just ignored and didn’t tell anyone about the Maxim Competition. A few weeks later, people were casting in their votes, and I was advancing to the next rounds! So finally I had to break the news to my parents and family about the competition! And the rest is history!
You have been an accomplished athlete and five times US Figure Skating National competitor and earned the title of U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) Double Gold Medalist in both the USFS Free Skate and USFS Moves in the Field Tests. Elaborate on these achievements of yours and how you from the field of sports shifted to the professional career in modeling?
Ever since I can remember, I was doing all types of things growing up so that’s how I got my extremely competitive and active nature. I started figure skating at the young age of 6 years old. I was doing all sorts of sports and activities at the time as well: gymnastics, ballet, tennis, swimming, track & field, playing the piano, and the violin. As I grew up, I had to focus only on one sport/activity if I wanted to progressively get better. It came down to either gymnastics or figure skating because I was the best at these. I finally chose figure skating because I honestly felt the most like myself, and I always had this feeling of freeness whenever I figure skated.
Several years passed, and I kept training and competing, winning medals at my competitions locally, regionally, sectional, and nationally. So that’s how I became a five-time US Figure Skating National competitor! I also received the Kennard Taylor Trophy award for the most outstanding performance of the competition. I later earned the title of U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) Double Gold
Medalist in both the USFS Free Skate and USFS Moves in the Field Tests. After figure skating, I got interested in another form of competing, and that’s how I got into pageantry! I later won and earned the title of Miss Balboa Island 2020. With pageantry, you get to dress up, and you have to take part in a lot of photoshoots, and that’s how modeling got introduced to me!
I absolutely love photo shoots, posing, and moving in front of the camera because it feels like I am creating and expressing art! It’s so cool and unique to think about it and of course, it’s so much fun! Modeling, shooting, and collaborating with brand names have always been a secret dream of mine, and I’m so glad to have actually made it a reality. And growing on my social media has made everything so much more memorable because I get to share my journey for everyone to see, and hopefully, I can inspire them on modeling, fashion, or simply just going after their own goals!
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