Lo­cal Lo­cal model looks to win Maxim con­test

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Frank PEE­BLES Cit­i­zen staff fpee­ble@@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

Maxim Mag­a­zine is a global glossy, but a lo­cal model is clos­ing in on get­ting a fea­ture spread in­side their pages. Tasha Wall has had mod­el­ling suc­cess be­fore, hav­ing been a Dove Real Woman of the Month, on the cover of Scores Mag­a­zine, and in photo and/or ar­ti­cle fea­tures in New Zealand Fit­ness Mag­a­zine, Nat­u­ral Mus­cle Mag­a­zine, Oxy­gen, Fit­ness Girls, The Plat­form Mag­a­zine, STRONG Fit­ness and many more.

Lo­cally she has been in PG Scene Mag­a­zine, TakeOnPG for Tourism Prince Ge­orge, fea­tured in the Cit­i­zen, and has lent her name to many char­i­ties and her ad­vo­cacy to other mod­els and ath­letes in the city.

Now she needs the pub­lic’s on­line votes to win her way into Maxim.

She en­tered the Maxim’s Finest con­test and has al­ready sur­vived where 15,000 other mod­els have been elim­i­nated on the way to the fi­nals.

She came sec­ond place in the lat­est round of vot­ing so that keeps her alive in the cross-Canada por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion and now has one week to get enough votes to carry on into the elite round. Prince Ge­orge model Tasha Wall is look­ing to win the Maxim’s Finest con­test.

“I need gen­uine cheer­lead­ers,” she said. “There are all kinds of things you can do on­line to draw at­ten­tion to your­self and try to ex­cite peo­ple into vot­ing for you, but what seems to work the best is when you have real peo­ple cheer­ing you on.”

If there is a theme to Wall’s mag­a­zine ca­reer, it is fit­ness.

Those pho­tos and ar­ti­cles have been about her trans­for­ma­tion from some­one with an un­healthy body into some­one who lives and ex­udes well­ness.

She is now a per­sonal fit­ness con­sul­tant, de­sign­ing ex­er­cise pro­grams and ad­vis­ing on nu­tri­tion and life­style choices, to trans­form the life of other Prince Ge­orge women who, like Wall did, want to take their own per­sonal well­ness in firm hand.

The sub­text to Wall’s story is post­par­tum de­pres­sion. This all­too-com­mon and crit­i­cally dan­ger­ous dis­or­der can de­bil­i­tate the suf­ferer, cast a cloud over their loved ones, hurt the way a new baby is par­ented, and some­times worse. Wall suf­fered from and re­cov­ered from post­par­tum and now wants to shine an ed­u­ca­tional light on it. It is her mis­sion as a spokesmodel and role model.

“I felt re­ally strange en­ter­ing the Maxim con­test and ask­ing peo­ple to vote for me, but when peo­ple gave me a lot of sup­port about it, be­cause my story stands for much more than just a girl get­ting her photo in a mag­a­zine, that changed my mind and gave me more con­fi­dence,” Wall said.

“I want to have my story told, be­cause it’s the story of a lot of women. And I want the world to know what Prince Ge­orge is, that this is an amaz­ing com­mu­nity, it is full of amaz­ing peo­ple, and if I can draw at­ten­tion to this won­der­ful city then that’s also part of my mis­sion in life.”

She has her dreams fixed on es­tab­lish­ing a health camp for kids some­where in the Prince Ge­orge re­gion where fun and ad­ven­tures can be tied to build­ing self es­teem, learn­ing cre­ative ex­pres­sion, and get­ting a pos­i­tive spring­board into life­long fit­ness and health.

Part of the Maxim con­test is a cash prize of $25,000 which would go a long way to re­al­iz­ing that dream.

“Watch­ing all the votes come in, and see­ing the com­ments peo­ple are mak­ing, it’s a strange and beau­ti­ful feel­ing,” Wall said.

Go to Tasha Wall Fit­ness on Face­book to click the links to vote for her.

She has un­til Oct. 18 to score as many votes as pos­si­ble in or­der to make it on to the next play­off round.

Wall will be one of the fea­tured guests at the Health­ier You Expo on Oct. 22 at CNC.

She is vy­ing to be Maxim’s best, but she is al­ready one of Prince Ge­orge’s best.

Come watch her on-stage live in­ter­view, ask her ques­tions, and learn more about her trans­for­ma­tion to fit­ness and through post­par­tum. It is free to at­tend (park­ing also free) and has a spec­trum of ac­tiv­i­ties and guest speak­ers on a broad range of health top­ics.

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