1.Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)
I was born and raised in Ukraine. I have been successfully modeling since the age of 17.
I move to the U.S. when I was 21 years old and now I live in sunny Sarasota, Florida.
I established myself as an International beauty and bikini model first, and only in 2008 I decided to enter fitness industry and put my name on its map.
I started to compete and winning some of the biggest titles in the fitness industry by training by myself in my own living room without trainers, nutritionists or stylists, just my passion, dedication and 2 rusty dumbbells.
I loved it, I really enjoyed seeing my body change and coolest was that I accomplished it without any elaborate equipment, just the basics.
I am a stage coach for new competitors, models; celebrity online trainer to everybody who wants to improve their physiques and lifestyle; a designer of Luxurious and Exclusive Crystal bikini line for fitness and beauty pageant competitors.
Today, I am writing for several International and National publications as an expert columnist (beauty, fashion, fitness and nutrition) and free-lance writer, reaching out to millions of people on every continent.
The magazines I’ve been published as a writer:
Oxygen – North America
Natural Bodz – Australia, Pacific Asia, New Zealand, North America
Ultra-FIT – Europe, Australia, USA
Physique – Dubai
World Physique – Worldwide
Fitness – New Zealand
Health and Fitness – Netherlands, Sweden
Fitness – South Africa
ExtraFit – India, Qatar
Fit and Firm – Worldwide
Moi Ostrov – Greece
I recently took on board 2 more magazines to write for.
My current projects are:
• The Complete Butt and Thighs Training Manual for Every Woman.
• Co-host of Original TV Series on PBS “Pedal America”
• MusclePharm female leading spokesperson.
2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?
Fitness plays a huge role in my life; it’s a part of who I am, it’s a part of me.
For me fitness is the essential ingredient in my daily activities that keeps me healthy, focused, fit and healthy. I don’t do it just to look good, although, it’s a great benefit when working out regularly. I do it for my mental sharpness, stress release and overall well-being.
Being a fitness model, physical training gradually entered my life completely transforming my body and my spirit.
My future goals are big and exciting.
My short-term goals:
I am going to co-host “Pedal America” on PBS; launch my training manual and DVD workout series, I am starting on my hard copy book, the title of which I will reveal soon, and a lot of traveling to some gorgeous locations for fitness appearances.
One of my biggest goals is to establish a charity for women and children who suffered domestic violence and abuse and donate part of each sale I make to it. As for right now I joined the charity of my good friend, Yen Nguyen, Creating Smiles that supports veterans and abused women.
Yen is incredible and it is my honor to support her charity.
As for long-term goals, I am working on a few projects that are going to change the industry and I promise to reveal it soon 🙂
3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?
My biggest inspiration for me is my fans who believe I me and send me their support every day. I can’t let them down and procrastinate, I strive to be the best I can be for them and for that little girl inside of me, whom I promised that I’ll make it happen.
4. What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite exercise/activity?
My favorite healthy meal is bell peppers stuffed with chicken and brown rice or quinoa, I can eat it every day. My favorite activity is dancing. It’s my favorite cardio and social activity. You can’t dance and be in a bad mood! It’s so much fun!
5.What is something most people don’t know about you? 😉
Where should I start? Haha. Most people don’t know about me that I come from absolutely nothing. I was born in the village with one hospital and one school and barely survived my birth. I was born fighting. I never had any social privileges or family’s support in my dreams, since they appeared too unrealistic to my family. From a very early age I knew what I wanted and was building my life around it.
From a very early age I was abused by my father and watched my mom and baby-sister being abused by him too. We were beat up by him on regular basis and the environment in my house was very hostile for many years. Then he almost killed my mother and our lives were altered forever. For a while I thought I won’t see my mom again, we lived with my grandparents for several months. Divorce. Fear for our lives. God, I was afraid of my father so much, my heart would stop every time I’d hear his footsteps.
We moved to a new place during the civil conflict between Moldova and Transnistria (where we lived then), people were fighting, killing each other and we heard sirens every day, on top of that my father was scaring the daily light out of us.
I got involved in Martial Arts and it was my sanctuary, my stress-release, my confidence and stamina builder, my fear crusher. Every day of my practice I imagined revenge with my father for my mother’s pain, her fractured skull, her broken nose and ribs, her broken spirit and never ending tears and fear.
One day my father followed me from school and cornered me next to my house.
He pushed me hard against the wall and with an evil smirk on his face asked me to fight him. I was 10 years old. I imagined that moment for a long time; I imagined punching him and suffering physical pain over and over again. I wanted to destroy him. While he was pushing me against the wall and laughing at me, I held my little fists so hard it bled inside. And then I looked up and saw his face… and I forgave him. I didn’t want to fight, I didn’t want him to suffer, I knew he already was, I could see it in his confused eyes. I forgave him and I didn’t want to see him again. And I didn’t for a long time.
My father told us that we’ll crawl back to him hungry and will never survive. Boy was he wrong!
I am sharing this story for women and children who are going through something similar right now, and want to tell you that it can be changed and you can change it. Don’t wait for too long, it doesn’t worth it, and don’t try to hold the broken marriage together with an abuser for your kids. Your kids deserve better. You deserve better. Don’t be afraid, your abuser is the biggest coward out there.
Be alert, prepare and make a move.
Svetlana, thank you so much for your support and friendship! I wish you all the success in the world and hope your readers will find this post useful 🙂