Tyrone farm girl to compete in World, Beauty and Fitness show
EXCLUSIVE: By Ciaran McElhinney Pics: By Norm Kielty
Country girl Dshamilja Sturm has swapped the farmyard for the world stage.
This afternoon she will be at the O2 Arena in London’s docklands to compete in the World Beauty, Fitness and Fashion Show - a far cry from the Tyrone farm she called home.
The 20-year-old horse enthusiast signed up with Northern Ireland’s newest model agency Frontier Models which caters for fitness, fashion, lingerie and glamour models after a dramatic change in lifestyle.
Dshamilja Sturm competing
“The WBFF in London is one of the biggest fitness shows in the UK,” she said.
“I’ve been training for this for the past few months, and of course it would be great to come home with the title, but I think I have achieved so much already.”
Dshamilja, who is currently studying sports therapy, said before she found an interest in training her previous lifestyle left her feeling “drained.”
“I had no respect for my body before I began my fitness journey” she said.
“I would eat junk food every day and wonder why I felt constantly drained.”
Hard to imagine looking at this sizzling photo shoot at Flex Gym in east Belfast.
“When I look in the mirror I appreciate all the hard work and discipline that I put in to get it to where it is now.”
And once Dshamilja had started training and seeing a difference in her body she began considering the modelling industry and when she was scouted after winning the Northern Ireland Fitness Model Under 21 title, there was no turning back.
“That was when I was scouted by Frontier Models and I didn’t think twice about signing. There’s so much that I love about working in the modelling industry.
“It’s exciting, it’s glamorous and the opportunities that come with it are endless.”
Although the training is challenging, Dshamilja said the benefits far outweigh the hard work.
“I now give myself 12 weeks to prepare and train for a competition, and that means training five or six days a week, sometimes even seven.”
But a body like that doesn’t come easily and the 20-year-old stunner admits the hardest part is maintaining a healthy lifestyle while allowing room for a social life.
“I get so focused and caught up in my fitness goals sometimes that I forget to take the time to just let loose and go out and have fun with my friends.
“I try to find a balance between living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying my social life, but it can be a challenge at times.”
The long days of hard work melt away the moment she takes to the stage.
“No matter how hard it becomes that feeling of being on stage is indescribable.
“It’s the moment that weeks of hard training and dieting have led up to.
“When I got on stage for the first time I felt extremely proud of myself, I felt like ‘I did it. I set myself a goal and I reached it’.
“In my eyes, anyone who makes it to the stage is already a winner.”
Not that Dshamilja is a stranger to hard work having growing up on a farm and she even has a pink wheelbarrow!
Dshamilja Sturm on the farm
“I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.
“For people who just know me as the girl down the road with the horses, the modelling may come as a bit of a surprise.”
While she’s prepared to chase her fitness and modelling dream wherever it takes her, country girl Dshamilja says her heart will always lie in the countryside.
“I miss the countryside when I’m not there. I wouldn’t have had it any other way growing up.
“I love being surrounded by nature and I also think it’s important to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city sometimes.
“Anyway, riding horses and cleaning out the stable are great ways to burn calories and stay fit!”
To find out more about Dshamilja, her work and her fitness competitions log onto www.frontier-models.com