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2013 Ms. International Preview: Iris Kyle Seeks Her Seventh Title

Iris Kyle is back in the game. But there are other talented bodybuilders hungry to earn a Ms. International trophy. Find out who will be posing down to beat her!

A field of 11 incredible women will battle for the Ms. International title. Although the field includes some new talent, big names like Yaxeni Oriquen, Debi Leszewski, and Iris Kyle are sure to be the crowd favorites. Last year, Iris took a pass due to injury. We'll see if she can bring the unbeatable physique we've grown accustomed to seeing. Last year's third-place winner Alina Popa has chosen to sit this one out in order to focus on the Olympia. This small change could have a big impact on the top-five callout. Find out who's going to be flexing for the win!

Ms. International Competitors

Iris Kyle ///

Iris returns to the International stage after sitting out in 2012. Iris is in a league of her own. The only way she'll lose is if she doesn't come prepared. Genetically she has the X-frame bodybuilders covet, is well balanced from top to bottom, and is always in great condition. If she's in the lineup, the real battle is for second place.

Brigita Brezovac ///

The term "boulder shoulders" was invented for Brigita. She has a tremendous physique and is relatively balanced from top to bottom. Although it's difficult to find areas of improvement, you could say that she may need a bit more peak to her biceps. Her sixth-place finish last year surprised many people. This year, don't be surprised if she's standing next to Iris and Yaxeni in the top spots.

Kim Buck ///

Last year, Kim edged out Brigita by four points to finish in fifth place. She'll look to match and improve upon that this time around. She has an impressive rear double biceps shot but often appears a little thin in the legs. If she comes in with great conditioning and a little more leg size, she could definitely move up.

Tazzie Colomb ///

Tazzie has been competing for 10 years and consistently lands in the top 10, but has never had consistent placings. She won the 2007 Europa Supershow and finished in eighth at last year's Tampa Pro. She has a long torso, which tends to hurt her when she's up against other competitors with better structure. With so much experience, you can be sure she'll bring her best to this year's Arnold.

Angela Debatin ///

We haven't seen Angela on stage since the 2008 Atlantic City Pro where she finished 10th. She made a name for herself in the mid-to-late 90s in Brazil. She finished in third at 2001 Ms. International, but the landscape of bodybuilding has changed since them. It will be interesting to see what happens when she returns.

Debi Laszewski ///

Debi has positioned herself as one of the top women in the pro bodybuilding division. She placed second at this contest last year and earned second at the 2012 Olympia. She hasn't finished out of the top five in more than a dozen shows. Debbie packs muscle on her 5-foot-4 frame. She'll be a leading contender once again this year. If she catches Iris on an off day, she could step into the winner's circle.

Elena Kava ///

Elena is a newcomer to the Ms. International stage. She will be competing by way of Greece and is the first woman to represent that country on the Ms. International stage. She has a background in Kung Fu and competed in mixed martial arts before pursuing bodybuilding full-time. She's sure to bring some new, fun energy to the Arnold.

Cathy LeFrancois ///

Cathy is no stranger to this stage. She's been competing as a pro for close to two decades. She took fourth at the Ms. International last year and will more than likely be in one of the top spots this year. Although she's a fan favorite, Cathy can look a bit wide in the waist at times. If she can pose to hide her weaknesses, she'll benefit. Look for her in the top callout.

Yaxeni Oriquen ///

Yaxeni is another seasoned veteran to the Ms. International stage. She knows how to work the crowd and hits poses that perfectly highlight her muscle details. You'll see feathered quads when she hits her ab and thigh shot. Yaxeni has won this show five times. If she beats Iris, she'll even her score with six Ms. International wins each.

Jeannie Paparone ///

Jeannie placed seventh at this show in 2011 and was 12th in 2010. In other pro events though, she's placed as high as second. She has the tools to get back into the mix, but will need slightly better conditioning in her glutes and hamstrings than we saw during her 2011 showing.

Olga Puzanova ///

Olga took top honors at the 2012 Arnold Amateur to earn her a spot on the pro stage. We'll see how she matches up against a competitive field of veterans. She carries a lot of muscle on her frame, but will have to put aside the rookie jitters to crack the top five.




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PeterNorth22

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wow that is somethin

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That's very impressive, with the steroids or not with steroids because I don't care what you're on I stay clean, but why? The female body is beautiful in its own way, and this way does not include such crass muscle. They seem like they've taken it too far, impressive but too far. Just as the men have though, frank Zane and the Arnold were works of art, now we have jay cutler and Phil heath and all these overstuffed barrels with appendages. After the heavy weights it gets grotesque. All imo

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Amen.

Feb 26, 2013 9:17am | report
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dajunglebrotha

they are bodybuilders! they aren't posing for sports illustrated swimsuit issue? two totally different things, how can you criticize them for doing what they love, especially on a bodybuilding site? that opinion is grotesque...

Feb 26, 2013 9:55am | report
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Have to agree with this . Doesn't really look right

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am | report
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I said it was my opinion and it is impressive. But that doesn't mean I don't agree with what they're doing. It's awesome that they have the determination and drive to come as far as they have, and have the bodies they have, but still. I think it defies the female bodies natural progression and physique. It doesn't look right to me man. Once again imo

Feb 26, 2013 1:47pm | report
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It's impossible to look like that without steroids. You can see how it's affected the bone structure in their face. They probably have more testosterone in them than the average teenage boy. They look like men with make up and wigs. Male or female, I can't applaud anyone who abuses drugs to compete.

Feb 26, 2013 2:54pm | report
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I dont get why your aloud to use steroids in those competitions, especially for the women it makes them look like men with long hair, very gross.

Feb 26, 2013 5:23pm | report
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Laszewski's shoulders are huge!!! you ladies are killin it!

Feb 26, 2013 9:57am | report
 
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This is just flat out gross. I'm all for women working out and looking good, but nothing about this looks good or natural for that matter.

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wait those are women?

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