Lindsay Kaye and me at the Bonneville Salt Flats, shot last month by the ever-talented Eric Gemini.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
It’s Valentine’s day, which some people would argue is a completely manufactured, and therefore a completely meaningless day. However, if Cupid’s special day was so meaningless, would it sweep up millions of people in a wave of ultimate expressions of love, and inspire elaborate marriage proposals? It certainly seems peculiar that in the vast majority of cases, or at least the ones I have come across, Valentine naysayers are either bitterly single, or partnered up, but have had such a rotten string of Valentine’s Day celebrations that they have given up any hope of having a lovely day with the object of their affections.
It’s pretty obvious how the obnoxious heart motifs and pressure to purchase roses and jewelry (especially a carbon-based bauble for a lady’s left ring finger) have sullied the perception of this day of love. The fine dining industry is probably the most conspicuous and appalling of all, because it never fails to mark up menu items to ridiculous prices, packaged in tricky “Prix Fixe” menus which sound delightful and romantic until the hefty bill comes to the table.
However, despite the fact that Valentine’s Day is hyped and commercialized, it remains a great reminder of how important expressions of love are to the human race. So even if you hate the idea of heart shaped chocolates, long-stemmed roses, and cute little teddy bears, try to remember that it is a day of love. Don’t write off the entire day and risk hurting the feelings of someone you truly love.
Here is a great shot by Vino Darius Calloway, taken on June 24th, 2016 on the Bonneville Salt Flats…I am SO blessed to be able to shoot with great photographers who also happen to be wonderful people!
This beautiful suit gave me a lot of good luck, with a first place finish and an overall at NPC Pittsburgh and a fourth place finish at NPC Masters Nationals. This is a $1,300 suit!
As time went on I added about $150 worth of Swarovski crystals to the suit to make it pop more onstage, with the result being a dense crystal scatter. The cups will fit a full D cup and the bottoms will fit someone who wears a size zero. When I competed in this suit I was 114 to 116 lbs., 32 inch hips, 35 inch booty. However, I also currently fit in this suit, and am 121 lbs., with a 36-1/2 booty.