Winning the 2017 USN Face of Fitness cover model search competition rekindled Talitha’s passion for health and fitness, and has also provided her with an opportunity to realise her ultimate ambition in life – to release her own Dance Fit instructional video. With the backing offered by USN in her capacity as the reigning Face of Fitness, Talitha has grabbed the opportunity and is running with it… Beyond that, Talitha plans to step on the competitive stage in the near future. Through her efforts she hopes to help other women embrace their bodies by promoting the #bodylove movement.
How did your life change after winning the cover model search competition?
My life has changed on all levels. I’ve realised you can follow you dreams, even if you thought you’d left them behind a long time ago, because it has rekindled my passion for health and fitness. It has also offered me many new opportunities to make a difference with the backing you get from USN and Fitness magazine.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to start a career in the industry?
I would advise them to determine where the passion started and keep their focus on that to keep feeding their motivation to keep going.
Tell us more about your Dance Fit initiatives.
USN is backing the release of a Dance Fit video that we’re making, which has been a bucket-list item for me. The workout combines various forms of dance with high-intensity cardio and aerobics. It’s basically a fun way to get fit and learn to love your body. We’ll be running a number of workshops around the country to launch the video.
Why did you enter the Face of Fitness?
I entered because it has been a dream of mine to be on cover. I entered for the first time as a teenager and have dreamed of winning ever since then.
Now that you’ve gone through the experience, is there anything you wish you knew before entering?
I wish I focused more on me, instead of focusing on the other girls at the shoot. It is only when you let your own character shine through that you can succeed.
Is there anything you would do differently if you could do it all again?
I wouldn’t do anything differently because the outcome couldn’t be better. However, I would recommend that everybody take more photos to remember every second of it and enjoy the experience more. And stop stressing!
What did you learn from the experience?
Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving your dreams. Believe that you are enough and worthy of your place there. Anything is possible as long as you don’t hold yourself back. Just focus on being the best version of you.
How does it feel to be part of Team USN?
It is amazing – the team backs you completely to achieve your dreams, which is not the type of support you get from most brands. They really invest in their athletes and work really hard to open up opportunities for you.
What was the best thing about the Face of Fitness experience?
It is two days filled with fairytale moments. Everything is unforgettable, from the people you meet and the friendships you create, to the dreams you share with the competitors, and, of course, the amazing clothing you get to wear! Being there and being part of it is something I will never forget.