IPL Bikini Pro, Annie Minkler
MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
- Nickname: Annie Bananie
- Age: 23
- Height: 5’4″
- Ethnicity: White
- Relationship Status: Single
VIGOROUS: Name three music artists you’ve been listening to lately.
ANNIE MINKLER: Recently I have been listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album, as well as Lady Gaga’s new album. But I always find myself listening to my all time favorite band, The Killers.
VIG: Favorite Books / Magazines?
ANNIE: I love reading! The day I bought a Kindle, it changed my life! I most recently finished Darning Greatly by Brene Brown and I loved it! With my Kindle I can now read multiple books at once. Currently, I am reading Yes Please by Amy Pohler, Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth and Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
VIG: Favorite Movies?
ANNIE: I love all Disney Movies! Especially The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. As well as anything Star Wars.
VIG: What are some of your professional accomplishments? (modeling or otherwise)
ANNIE: Outside of modeling, I work full-time as a Make Up Artist and Brow Threader. As well as an Herbalife Wellness Coach. I work hard and am passionate about everything I do.
VIG: Any cool modeling experiences to share?
“SEEING MYSELF AND ALL THAT I WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH GAVE ME EVEN MORE MOTIVATION TO SEEK FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN MODELING.”
ANNIE: My first shoot with Michael Brooks was so much fun! I loved how relaxed and easy it felt. The most exciting part was receiving the final pictures. Seeing myself and all that I was able to accomplish gave me even more motivation to seek future opportunities in modeling.
VIG: Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to for work? Did you get to party at all?
ANNIE: Recently I’ve returned from a month-long trip to Peru with some close friends. However, it was purely recreational and not for work. Partying, most definitely! I danced on the bar tables nearly every single night.
VIG: Best things about Bikini Modeling? Worst things?
ANNIE: My favorite part about Bikini Modeling is that I am able to show off the results that I’ve worked so hard for. The worst part about modeling is not being able to see what my pose looks like until after the photos are shot. If I could go back, I wish I could’ve had a mirror so that I could see if I’m making a dorky face. [laughs]
VIG: Any advice for those looking to get into modeling?
“LIFE IS SHORT, BE SPONTANEOUS!”
ANNIE: Just do it! Search around, many photographers in your area are always looking for new models to shoot. Key tip, make it fun, and invite some of your friends to join in too, even if they aren’t into fitness! It’s way more comfortable being in front of the camera when you have your friends with you.
VIG: What is the motto or mantra you try to live your life by?
ANNIE: Life is short, be spontaneous!
VIG: What keeps you busy?
ANNIE: During the week I am a full-time Make Up Artist, Brow Threader, and Waxer at the Powder Room in Chico, CA as well as the in-house artist for the models at Lulus.com. On the weekends I work as a make up artist for client’s weddings.
When not working as a Make Up Artist, you can find me at Refuel Nutrition working the shake bar and participating at our free fit camp workouts and enjoying CrossFit workouts three times a week.
“CURRENTLY I DON’T HAVE ANY TATTOOS. HOWEVER, I DO THINK THEY LOOK AMAZING ON OTHER PEOPLE.”
VIG: What is your view on tattoos? And do you have any?
ANNIE: Currently I don’t have any tattoos. However, I do think they look amazing on other people. I think that if I were to ever get one, it would be a crescent moon. The saying, “to the moon and back” is something that’s special to my mom and I. I’m not quite sure where I would put it though, should that happen.
VIG: What is your dream job?
ANNIE: Getting paid to travel the world!
VIG: Are you interested in or ever tried any extreme sports?
ANNIE: I’ve loved snowboarding ever since I was a little kid and have never missed a season since! At some point, I would love to try bungee jumping. My goal is to take a trip to New Zealand, because I hear they have the worlds largest swing, the Nevis Swing.
- Favorite Color: Does Glitter count as a color?
- Favorite Food: Waffles.
- Are you a fast or slow driver? Fast.
- Favorite part of your body? My Legs.
- Favorite part of a man’s body? Arms and Abs.
- Bars, clubs, both, or none? Both.
- Favorite beer, cocktail, and/or shot? Gin and Tonic.
VIG: Are you excited about the release of this of VIGOROUS with you in it?
ANNIE: I am so excited to be in this Magazine! It is such an incredible honor. Thank you, VIGOROUS!
VIG: First thing that comes to mind when you hear…
- “Donald Trump”: Orange.
- “Winter”: Snowboarding.
- “Spring”: End of snow season.
- “Sex”: That’s what she said.
- “Marijuana”: Young, wild and free.
- “Social Media”: #hashtag.
VIG: What’s next for you?
ANNIE: Currently I am training to compete for my third time with the IPL on May 20th in Sacramento, CA. I’ll be competing in the Sports Model and Fitness Angel categories. My goal is to earn my Pro Card in both categories.
VIG: Anything else you would like to add?
ANNIE: A big thank you to my coaches and friends Patrick, Frank, Tawnya and Hannah. Thank you to my family for their always continued support and encouragement.