Fitness and Fashion model, Bikini competitor and professional hairstylist Angie Guenette is a force to be reckoned with. While representing major companies in the fitness industry, including Allmax & Magnum as well as Jed North, Guenette has been awarded as one of the Top 3 in the Hot and Fit 100 in Inside Fitness Magazine.
After falling in love with fitness and health at 17 years old, fitness became a huge part of her life, and getting into modelling allowed her to be more aware of what she was putting in her body.
"As time went on, at about the age of 19, I had someone tell me at my gym I should try to compete in bodybuilding shows. I had no idea what they were or anything about the process, but I looked into it and said, "Let's do it!" and began the process of my first prep at 19," she explains. "Ever since then, I fell in love with the fitness world and all things that play into it, including that all bodies are celebrated. I am now inspired daily to keep going further in the fitness world, compete more, and continue my fitness modelling as I want to show young women that you do not need to be a size 0 to love your body. Strength is a superpower."
Before getting into the fitness world, Guenette began working in a salon at 16 and has always loved working in the beauty industry.
"I have been lucky enough to take classes from some celebrity stylists such as Guy Tang and Larissa Love and have been sent to the Schwarzkopf Academy for training as well," she explains. "I went to St. Clair College for a Hairstyling Apprenticeship as well. As a result, I am certified in Tape-In Extensions as well as Blondes and Balayage."
Describing herself as fun, bubbly and a busy body, Guenette shares that what empowers her is the people she chooses to surround herself with. "My online following has always been such an awesome support," she says. "It holds me accountable to something. I stay motivated because of all the good energy it brings in my life. I'm always looking to be better than I was yesterday."
With her goal to grow bigger in the fitness industry and compete again and grow even more in that sense, Guenette also hopes to own her own hair salon one day.
"Do it for YOU! Do not conform to what the online community tells you to. Your authentic self is what people want to see," she states. "Keep your personal life private, share your life but do not overshare; people can be harsh and criticize you even when you do not ask for it. Get a coach if you haven't already; it is a huge motivation and helps you get a better direction when you are really looking to get serious about your health and fitness goals. If you get frustrated, it is OK! Take a break, but don't give up."