Reported January 31, 2003
Star Search! IRONMAN Model Hunt Wants You
Thats the word on the NPC IRONMAN Figure extravaganza were holding in conjunction with the IM Pro Invitational mens bodybuilding battle on February 15. Were giving away what no other NPC Figure competition can offer: a chance to pose for world-famous photographer Michael Neveux and appear in a Hardbody layout in IRONMAN.
Yes, you read that right: Mike Neveux, the guy whose photos of Timea Majorova, Monica Brant, Laurie Vaniman, Brenda Kelly, Amy Lynn, Jennifer Micheli, et al., have kept your boyfriends, husbands and brothers salivating for years, will shoot Hardbody pictorials of the class winners of this event. Not to mention the fact that the entire West Coast bodybuilding world will be watching at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College (16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506), when the Ultimate Beef Jay Cutler faces off against such prime cuts as Chris Cormier, Ahmad Haidar, Melvin Anthony, Quincy Taylor, Darrem Charles, Tommi Thorvildsen and J.D. Dawadu. That includes not just Neveux, Mits Okabe, Jerry Fredrick, me and L.T. and rest of the writers and photographers whose work appears in IRONMAN but also our counterparts at all the other major physique publications.
Why shouldnt they get a chance to look at Y.O. U.?
If youve been busting your butt in the gym thinking about getting into figure competition, youll never have a better opportunity to get those glorious glutes onstage and be seen. The deadline for entering is February 10, but my insider sources say you can register on contest day. To download competitor info and an official entry form, go here.
Dont miss out on this fabulous opportunity to get some experienceand maybe even go straight to the top.
Speaking of Figure Shows: More Ways for You to Go Pro
Now that the pro figure circuit is finally here, the NPC is bending over backward to fill its lineups with the best bodiesand bootiesthe amateur ranks have to offer. Having conferred pro status on the top three in each class at the 01 and 02 Figure Nationals, the organization is seeking to spread the wealth, in terms of opportunities for competitors to enter pro qualifiers and opportunities for promoters to enjoy an uptick in competitor numbers.
This year there will be three pro qualifiers. In addition to the Figure Nationalsheld in New York on August 910 in conjunction with the Team Universewhere the top three in each class will again get the call, the federation will offer the not so elusive pro cards to the Overall winner at the Junior USA in North Charleston, South Carolina, on April 12 and to class winners at the Junior Nationals on June 1314 in Chicago. Multiply those digits by fouras there are now four height classes at national-level figure showsand youve got a lot of hot gym-trained bods hoping to get invited to the 04 Figure International.
Speaking of the International
Add Iris Kyle and Vickie Gates to the previously announced lineup for the Ms. International, which is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio, on February 28, a.k.a. womens day at Arnold Fitness Weekend. That means defending champ Yaxeni Oriquen will have a fight on her hands in the Heavyweight class, and all bets are off regarding who will pose down likely repeat Lightweight winner Valentine Chepiga for the Overall. For competitor listsand commentson the Ms., Fitness and Figure International competitions, see Pump & Circumstance in the March 03 IRONMAN, on newsstands now.