Bikini International Interview: Shelsea Montes
Shelsea Nicole Montes (aka Seashell)
Born In: San Juan, Puerto Rico
View Shelsea Montes' Contest History Here.
A: Proudly Puerto Rican!
A: Yup, and I still am! As I grew up, I found that I like being thought of as the girl with a lot of positive energy.
A: I was never in one. I grew up in a very traditional Puerto Rican family.
And by traditional I don't mean conservative, I mean LOUD and CRAZY. Being in this environment full of love, laughter, and happiness encouraged me to be outgoing, positive, happy, confident ... me!
A: I was the starting center on my high school basketball team ... SIKE! I guess that's not really funny if you didn't know how tiny I am.
I did really well as a dancer throughout high school and my favorite style was hip-hop. I also ran cross-country but never broke any records.
A: Instead of following the rest of the pack to college, I chose to follow my entrepreneurial spirit and start my own business. The first step was to attend cosmetology school.
Next, I worked at some of the salons that I admired.
Lastly, I jumped ship and started my own business. I've been running it successfully--while juggling training and newlywed life--for a year now. Yay, me!
A: It all started with the typical slumber parties and makeovers. Once I decided to make it a career, I began researching trends within the industry.
Four years ago, eyelash extensions were only for the elite and celebrities. I got a hunch that this was not just a bubble, so I followed my instinct and got trained in the art of ciliary beautification (yes, I just made that term up).
I love what I do, especially hearing my clients talk about how beautiful my work makes them feel.
A: A singer, gymnast, fitness model, "beautician"-I always dreamed of so much.
I'm only 24 and have already accomplished so much of my list, so I guess there's only one thing to do.
Time for a new list!
A: I competed in pageants in high school and after so many, my interests slowly gravitated to fitness.
Growing up, my father idolized legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva. This interested rubbed off on me, and one day I was approached by a trainer who suggested I consider competing.
Fitness meets pageants ... it was love at first sight!
A: If by "club" you mean the local 24 Hour or Gold's, then yes. They often let me bypass the check in counter and roll in VIP! [Laughs]
A: Perks like free entry fees, sponsorships, and the chance to win prizes are great, but what I find most rewarding is the support from all the fans.
It's so great to know that there are thousands of people out there that are in my corner rooting for me.
A: My husband owns a restaurant called Simply Fit Meals. They make fresh, tasty, calorie-specific pre-packaged meals.
For those of us that are on very specific diets, they even cook bulk orders of stuff like orange roughy and sweet potato. I never cook anymore. I'm so spoiled!
A: When my hubby and I met, we just knew. It started with jokes of getting married (you know the ones that you say because you're too chicken to really say it) and one evening while on a picnic date, he surprised me and asked me to be his best friend, his partner, and his wife forever.
A few days later, after a perfect morning run, we decided to make it official. At first we were both afraid to tell our parents because even though they are hip, they are still Latin. This also kept us from telling our friends since even one slip could have set off the parental alarm.
From that point, hubby went through the more traditional process of asking for my hand in marriage. However, everyone was very surprised when an evening engagement celebration turned into a three-month anniversary party!
I am so blessed that my whole family loves him and that I am so loved by his. As much as I love my fans and industry friends, this was just a private and personal time for Seashell and I wanted to absorb every moment together with my hubby.
A: We met at his restaurant. His business partner's sister is a client of mine and she connected us because she thought it would be a good relationship (at the time I ran a small fitness bootcamp).
I initially met with his business partner, but hubby quickly found a way to join the meeting. Afterwards, he told me that he had to annoy his partner until he finally gave up my contact info. Text messages led to a date and after the first one we just knew.
A: Dip it into a fondue pot ... ha-ha, kidding ... but that actually sounds so good right now!
I like to use spices such as cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and blends like Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning.
A: Healthy stuff, yes, but if you're talking about traditional Puerto Rican food ... nope.
A: My first time meeting with her was during a posing lesson. We instantly clicked since she was raised in Puerto Rico (PR fo' life! Woot woot!).
Her accomplishments speak for themselves and I knew that if I wanted to be the best, I had to train with the best. She is such a great trainer and even better friend!
A: My husband. We would definitely be the Latin version of the Blue Lagoon couple!
A: Of course! Who wants to be fat in a coconut bikini!
A: Cardio every morning 6 days a week:
Tuesday: Shoulders/Legs with Chica
Thursday: Back/Legs with Chica
Friday: Full-body HIIT circuit, my favorite.
I love anything HIIT!
A: I feel like I live on cardio equipment currently! Two times a day.
A: Most definitely running, I absolutely love it! I love running races with my husband.
A: The fans will just have to wait and see!
A: Confidence. Confidence in the hard work you've put in. Confidence in the dedication you've demonstrated. Confidence in the person you've worked so hard to become.
A: So many special people in my life! My mom because she works hard and doesn't complain, is a great wife to my dad (29 years now!), and she is so proud of me no matter what I do in life.
Also my husband because he is so ambitious, determined, and he is the one person that is always by my side to keep me going.
A: My current faves are:
- Optimum Nutrition Opti-Women (multivitamins)
- OxyELITE Pro (a fat burner)
- Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion(protein)
A: My thermo definitely saves my life. Helps me get a good run in!
A: Number one!
A: Drink lots of water and don't eat too many protein bars!
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