Model and spokesperson Daphne Joy injects a dose of glamour into the world of fit and feminine physiques.
There is no denying that Daphne Joy is stunning. When she enters the room, she fills every space with her radiant glow and manages to make her off-the-scale sexiness look positively effortless. Her passion for fitness, as well as her super-toned body, makes her one of the most sought-after fitness models in a highly competitive industry. Daphne has a unique look and style that is the epitome of fashion-meets-fitness, with a discipline and work ethic we think is the epitome of Iron Man.
Dr. Cat Begovic: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Where does your exotic look come from?
Daphne Joy: Well, I was born and raised in the Philippines; my mom is of Filipino heritage, and my dad is Puerto Rican. I feel like I grew up in the best of both worlds, mainly because of the food!
CB: Where did you grow up?
DJ: I grew up in the Philippines but have since been living the California life.
CB: During our photo shoot you made it look effortless, but I know how hard it is to hold some of those poses! When did you start modeling?
DJ: Yes, the poses are definitely harder than they look, but you have to know your angles when you’re in front of a camera! It just makes everyone’s job easier. I’ve loved modeling since I was a teenager, but I started modeling professionally a few years ago. To be honest, I practice the night before a photo shoot and even the morning of the shoot just to make sure I’m in the best shape and everything is looking good!
CB: You’ve been in several movies. Is acting something you’re passionate about?
DJ: I always tell everyone I think I’m such a horrible actress. I give credit to all the talented actors because it’s definitely a craft and a skill you can’t just play around with—you either got it or you don’t. I’m more comfortable being myself, and I find hosting or doing interviews is more my strong suit.
CB: How did you get into fitness?
DJ: I first got into working out to be healthy. I truly believe that health is wealth. When I met my son’s father, I really got into my fitness game. To be honest, he hired my first trainer. It was motivating to see him work long hours and still wake up every day at eight a.m. to get his sessions in. Eventually that rubbed off on me. Instagram was just starting out around that time, and I was always posting motivating, positive things and progress photos of myself. From there, Shredz scouted me and they’ve been wonderful. They’ve opened up new fitness audiences for me and helped me network with some greats in the fitness world.
CB: What are your fitness goals? Are there any projects we can look forward to?
DJ: My fitness goals are, of course, abs and a perky booty! Who doesn’t want that? No, but seriously, I’m just happy to be toned and have the knowledge and discipline I have now because I know it will maneuver me into a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. As far as future projects, I love blogging for videos and posting daily for my fans. A reality show might be in the works. I’m a pretty private person, but I think it’s good timing now to be a little more open.
CB: You make working out look super glam. What’s the secret?
DJ: My secret is super bright, sexy, amazing fitness gear! I’ve always said I’m not motivated in the gym if I don’t look good. Think about the difference it makes in your attitude to wear old baggy clothes versus sexy yet comfortable gym wear. Plus it makes the sweaty selfies so worth it.
CB: Makeup or no makeup at the gym?
DJ: If it’s just you and your girlfriends, I say no makeup. But if it’s at a public gym, I say a little makeup is okay. Why not? If you’re single and could potentially get approached, a little makeup can give you a bit of confidence. It’s all how you feel and what makes you feel good!
CB: How do you handle guys who come up to you at the gym?
DJ: It happens from time to time. I’m always sweet about it for the most part because I know approaching a woman at the gym can be nerve-racking. As long as I’m not in the middle of stretching, squatting, or running, then we’re good!
CB: What’s your favorite body part on yourself?
DJ: I’ve learned to really love my legs! I have huge thighs, and I’ve just learned to embrace them. This is the body we are a given, so might as well love it, right?
CB: What’s your favorite body part on a guy?
DJ: I’m definitely a sucker for huge arms. It’s the first thing I notice on a guy.
CB: I love your selfies on Instagram! What’s the key to taking a great selfie?
DJ: Thank you! It definitely takes me about 49 tries before I get the right one! Some tips are definitely finding the light. Make sure the sun or your lighting is in your favor—and snap! Good contouring and highlights helps too, but that’s another topic!
CB: What’s your diet like? How do you get in shape while still keeping your curves?
DJ: I definitely go on a strict diet when it’s photo-shoot time. No carbs, sweets, or anything artificial. It’s all mainly chicken, fish, veggies, and fruits! I incorporated some of my Shredz supplements for muscle recovery and energy. The key for me is meal prepping and keeping my fridge stocked with healthy choices so I don’t cheat. I believe my curves are still there because I still like to indulge here and there on my off times. Everyone’s gotta live a little!
CB: What’s your workout routine? Do you have any favorite exercises?
DJ: My workout routine varies. When I’m with my trainer she likes to do a variety of things to work different muscle groups. When I’m by myself I love 20 minutes of cardio and back-to-back reps of abs, glutes, and legs. Every exercise is my favorite.
CB: Any advice for aspiring models?
DJ: Stay true to your brand, yourself, and don’t compromise. If you’re lost or confused, ask advice from people who are knowledgeable and people you admire and not people who have no clue on things. Look up to your idols and follow their paths.
CB: What will Daphne Joy be doing 10 years from now?
DJ: The journey is sometimes more exciting without a plan. I’m just happy to see where life will take me.
Lives: Southern California
Likes: Mediterranean food, white sand, thong bikinis, Jamaican music, perfume, men’s Calvin Klein shorts, fur throws, my son’s laughter, meaningful conversations, deep thinkers, working out, and staying fit!
Dislikes: Negative people, red lipstick, liars, cigarette smell, pollution
Favorite vacation spot: All of the Caribbean
Listens to: Drake, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Chris Brown
Latest book read: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Latest movie seen: Fantastic Four
Favorite quote: “Where there is love there is life” — Mahatma Gandhi
Interview by Dr. Cat Begovic
Photos by Ryan Astamendi