I'll never forget it - what seemed like the dream of a lifetime turned into the biggest shock and disappointment of my modeling career. I felt like a number, a commodity and it felt awful. It was then that I walked away from modeling.
I decided to become a realtor, but after the housing crash hit Arizona in 2007, I did something everyone thought was absolutely crazy.
With literally $2000 left to my name, I bought my first camera with the determination to make a new career for myself as a photographer, a field I knew nothing about.
I poured myself into learning my craft and am entirely self taught. Within my first year I got a FHM magazine cover,
I consciously fashion my photoshoots to be an experience where you are cared about, appreciated and fully respected.
I made it a one stop shop where I provide epic destinations, wardrobe, hair and makeup and an amazing experience where you feel your most glamorous, knowing that great care goes into your photos, so you look back with fond memories for years to come.
Since her first appearance as a cover girl for ‘Muscle & Fitness Magazine’ in November 1994, Monica has continued to gain momentum and has been fondly titled the ‘original fitness pioneer’ and ‘fitness icon’ helping to build what is currently the 80 Billion dollar Fitness industry.
With over 100 magazine covers and almost as many articles/interviews to date with fans worldwide, Monica proves consistency is key in building both brand and business.
A competitive athlete at heart, she spent 26 years on the stage successfully competing in both ‘Fitness & Figure’ competitions with acquired highly sought-after titles, such as the 1998 IFBB Fitness Olympia Champion and the 2010 & 2013 WBFF World’s Pro Figure Champion. At 46 yrs she won her last Overall Figure Championship in Birmingham, UK in 2016.
In addition to the stage appearances, Monica has trained and competed in the USATF Masters Divisions winning one of the top three spots of her age group in the USA for the 100m, 200m and 400m races (running 12.61, 26.02, 59.76) as well as the 'All American Awards' in each race. Aside from Monica’s personal goals, her passion for others has led her to become a Lifestyle Coach where she uses her 25+ years of fitness experience to support her clients through private coaching, consulting and her women’s retreat, the Body and Soul Women’s Retreat.
She resides in Texas with her husband, Brad Jewett (now married 7 years), beloved fur babies (Doxie: Camy and Australian Sheppard: Kaya) and continues to bring her style of radiant health and sustainable fitness to people all over the world