Kelly Yazdi Maxims finest on the beach ​WHO IS KELLY YAZDI?

Originally we featured Kelly in our listicle on top Californian Models to follow on Instagram.

Now the former fitness and wellness trainer is closing in on becoming Maxim’s Finest.

We reached out to Kelly Yazdi to find out more about her and the Maxim competition we’re backing her in.


Firstly Kelly Yazdi, tell us about the Maxim campaign you’re involved with?

About​ ​a​ ​month​ ​ago​ ​I​ ​was​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​Maxim​ ​Magazine​ ​to​ ​compete​ ​in​ ​their​ ​competition called​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest;​ ​a​ ​competition​ ​in​ ​which​ ​Maxim​ ​selects​ ​a​ ​plethora​ ​of​ ​women​ ​(both​ ​national and​ ​international)​ ​to​ ​compete​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​be​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest.​

​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​banking $25,000,​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​will​ ​be​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​a​ ​two​ ​page​ ​spread​ ​in​ ​Maxim​ ​magazine​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​world recognition​ ​as​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest​ ​2017.​ ​


Maxims-finest-model-magazine Kelly Yazdi doing a handstand in a park

Although​ ​Maxim​ ​hand​ ​selects​ ​the​ ​competitors​ ​initially,​ ​it’s up​ ​to​ ​each​ ​woman​ ​to​ ​market​ ​herself​ ​and​ ​get​ ​votes​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​the​ ​competition.​ ​

People can​ ​vote​ ​once​ ​daily​ ​during​ ​the​ ​competition,​ ​however​ ​there’s​ ​also​ ​the​ ​option​ ​to​ ​buy​ ​votes​ ​and​ ​a portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​proceeds​ ​are​ ​donated​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Wounded​ ​Warrior​ ​Project.​ ​

The​ Homes​ ​for​ ​Wounded Warrior’s​ ​mission​ ​is​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​money​ ​to​ ​build​ ​and​ ​remodel​ ​handicap​ ​accessible​ ​homes​ ​to​ ​suit​ ​the individual​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​injured​ ​veterans.​

So​ ​not​ ​only​ ​are​ ​people​ ​voting​ ​for​ ​their​ ​favourite​ ​Maxim beauty​ ​to​ ​win​ ​her​ ​dream​ ​modelling​ ​gig,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​supporting​ ​the​ ​veterans.

Why does this mean so much to you? 

The​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest​ ​competition​ ​isn’t​​ ​a​ ​popularity​ ​contest;​ ​it’s​ ​a platform​ ​that​ ​can​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​catalyst​ ​for​ ​women​ ​in​ ​the​ ​modelling​ ​industry.

My​ ​father​ ​always​ ​told​ ​me​ ​that​ ​“Luck​ ​is when​ ​preparation​ ​meets​ ​opportunity,”​ ​and​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest​ ​is​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​I’ve​ ​been working​ ​diligently​ ​for.

Kelly Yazdi portrait photo on a beach

Kelly Yazdi playing beach volleyball

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What​ ​has​ ​come​ ​to​ ​define​ ​a​ ​“model”​ ​today​ ​has​ ​become​ ​so​ ​clouded​ ​in​ ​my​ ​opinion,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​wish​ ​to deconstruct​ ​and​ ​redefine​ ​that.​ ​

To​ ​me,​ ​a​ ​model​ ​is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​another​ ​pretty​ ​face​ ​or​ ​a​ ​person​ ​with​ ​a massive​ ​social​ ​media​ ​following.​ ​

A​ ​model​ ​is​ ​a​ ​role​ ​model,​ ​a​ ​spokesperson​ ​and​ ​public​ ​figure​ ​who holds​ ​her/himself​ ​to​ ​a​ ​higher​ ​standard.

The​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest​ ​competition​ ​means​ ​so​ ​much​ ​to​ ​me​ ​because​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​it​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​the support,​ ​and​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​to​ ​help​ ​me​ ​achieve​ ​my​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​being​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​role​ ​model​ ​in​ ​the industry.​

​It’s​ ​the​ ​year​ ​of​ ​the​ ​woman,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​Wonder​ ​Woman,​ ​and​ ​what​ ​better​ ​time​ ​then​ ​now to​ ​bring​ ​more​ ​of​ ​these​ ​kinds​ ​of​ ​role​ ​models​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​eye?​ ​Maxim​ ​has​ ​brought​ ​so​ ​many strong,​ ​beautiful​ ​and​ ​tenacious​ ​women​ ​into​ ​publications,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​so​ ​honoured​ ​to​ ​be​come a Maxim model.


Kelly Yazdi maxim model running up a hill

“​I​ ​am and​ ​always​ ​have​ ​been​ ​a​ ​hustler” – Kelly Yazdi

Kelly Yazdi photo through a window

Kelly Yazdi bikini model shot from behind in the sea

During​ ​your​ ​time​ ​as​ ​a​ ​fitness​ ​coach,​ ​what​ ​was​ ​your​ ​average​ ​day​ ​like?​ ​From​ ​the time​ ​you​ ​got​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​time​ ​you​ ​went​ ​to​ ​bed? 

My​ ​average​ ​day​ ​was​ ​pretty​ ​intense:​ ​wake up,​ ​run,​ ​weight​ ​train,​ ​meet​ ​with​ ​clients,​ ​network,​ ​meet​ ​with​ ​more​ ​clients,​ ​and​ ​finish​ ​up​ ​my​ ​day catching​ ​up​ ​on​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​life.​

​Its​ ​sounds​ ​pretty​ ​basic​ ​when​ ​I​ ​list​ ​it​ ​out​ ​like​ ​that,​ ​but​ ​​everyday​ ​was​ ​so​ ​different.​ ​

My​ ​days​ ​were​ ​never​ ​average​ ​because​ ​of​ ​my​ ​nature,​ ​I​ ​am and​ ​always​ ​have​ ​been​ ​a​ ​hustler,​ ​so​ ​everyday​ ​I​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​be​ ​better​ ​than​ ​the​ ​day​ ​before.

​Living​ ​averagely​ ​bores​ ​me,​ ​living​ ​with​ ​passion​ ​fuels me.

What​ ​got​ ​you​ ​into​ ​fitness​ ​and​ ​wellness​ ​coaching? 

Interestingly​ ​enough​ ​I​ ​never​ ​thought​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​a​ ​coach.

​I​ ​went​ ​to​ ​UC​ ​Santa​ ​Barbara​ ​to​ ​study biochemistry​ ​and​ ​public​ ​policy​ ​with​ ​the​ ​intention​ ​of​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​UN​ ​diplomat​ ​who​ ​specialised​ ​in international​ ​public​ ​health​ ​policy.​ ​

That​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​laid​ ​the​ ​groundwork​ ​for​ ​my interest​ ​in​ ​health – ​maybe​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​my​ ​schooling​ ​and​ ​background​ ​as​ ​an​ ​athlete.

I​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​playings​ ​so​ ​many​ ​sports​ ​so​ ​the​ ​language​ ​of​ ​physiology​ ​came​ ​so​ ​natural​ ​to​ ​me​ ​once​ ​I started​ ​studying​ ​it.​

​It​ ​wasn’t​ ​until​ ​after​ ​college​ ​when​ ​I​ ​contacted​ ​a​ ​woman,​ ​who​ ​I​ ​just​ ​wanted​ ​to workout​ ​with,​ ​who​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​giving​ ​me​ ​a​ ​position​ ​as​ ​her​ ​assistant.​ ​

With​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​practice, studying​ ​and​ ​several​ ​accreditations​ ​later,​ ​I​ ​became​ ​a​ ​certified​ ​fitness​ ​and​ ​wellness​ ​coach.

Kelly Yazdi on a bike

For​ ​all​ ​the​ ​women​ ​out​ ​there​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​physique​ ​like​ ​yours,​ ​can​ ​you​ ​give​ ​them 1​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​beauty​ ​advice,​ ​1​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​training​ ​advice​ ​and​ ​1​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​nutritional​ ​advice? 

For beauty – The basics are ​everything – love​ ​yourself​ ​more,​ ​drink water​ ​like​ ​its​ ​your​ ​job,​ ​get​ ​more​ ​sleep​ ​because​ ​you​ ​should,​ ​be​ ​outside​ ​in​ ​nature,​ ​eat​ ​healthy​ ​(I recommend​ ​being​ ​mostly​ ​plant-based),​ ​respect​ ​your​ ​body​ ​and​ ​move​ ​it,​ ​pick​ ​out​ ​your​ ​favourite vanities​ ​and​ ​highlight​ ​them.​ ​

There​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​things​ ​telling​ ​us​ ​women​ ​what​ ​is​ ​beautiful,​ ​but the​ ​truth​ ​is​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​ALL​ ​beautiful​ ​in​ ​our​ ​own​ ​way.

Kelly Yazdi model stretching in the sun

Kelly Yazdi training


As​ ​human​ ​beings​ ​are​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​move​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​up​ ​to​ ​you​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out​ ​your​ ​purpose​ ​for moving.​

​Why​ ​train?​ ​Why​ ​get​ ​healthy?​ ​Figure​ ​out​ ​why​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get​ ​fit​ ​and​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that reason​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​will​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​accountable​ ​and​ ​dedicated.​ ​

The​ ​next​ ​thing​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​do​ ​is​ ​ignite​ ​your​ ​purpose​ ​with​ ​passion!​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​like​ ​to do?​ ​

What’s​ ​your​ ​favourite​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​movement?​ ​What​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​activity​ ​could​ ​you​ ​see​ ​yourself​ ​doing daily?​

​Find​ ​your​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​moving and​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​so​ ​pumped​ ​to​ ​train​ ​that​ ​it​ ​will​ ​become​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​your​ ​lifestyle.


The​ ​last​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​training​ ​equation​ ​is​ ​balance,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​one​ ​is​ ​so​ ​important​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is the​ ​key​ ​to​ ​success​ ​in​ ​all​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​your​ ​life.​ ​

You​ ​will​ ​have​ ​days​ ​where​ ​you’ll​ ​train​ ​harder​ ​and​ ​feel like​ ​superhuman,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​also​ ​have​ ​days​ ​where​ ​you​ ​are​ ​tired​ ​and​ ​can’t​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​the regimen.​ ​

Trust​ ​me,​ ​even​ ​I​ ​have​ ​days​ ​where​ ​Ben​ ​and​ ​Jerry’s​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​my​ ​best​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​Game of​ ​Thrones​ ​is​ ​my​ ​therapy.​ ​

This​ ​thing​ ​called​ ​life​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rollercoaster​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​critical​ ​for​ ​each​ ​of​ ​us​ ​to understand​ ​that​ ​we​ ​go​ ​through​ ​cycles​ ​just​ ​like​ ​nature,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​its​ ​up​ ​to​ ​us​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​balance and​ ​persevere​ ​through​ ​both​ ​the​ ​great​ ​and​ ​challenges​ ​times.​

​My​ ​point​ ​is,​ ​don’t​ ​let​ ​one​ ​day​ ​drag you​ ​down.​ ​Work​ ​hard,​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​your​ ​goals,​ ​live​ ​with​ ​passion,​ ​remember​ ​your​ ​purpose,​ ​find​ ​your balance​ ​and​ ​success​ ​will​ ​be​ ​yours. ​

Kelly Yazdi doing beach acrobatics
Kelly Yazdi maxim model on the stairs

What’s your favourite social media platform and how often do you get asked out on social media versus real life?

I’m​ ​a​ ​big​ ​fan​ ​of​ ​instagram​ ​mostly​ ​because​ ​I​ ​love​ ​the​ ​visual​ ​aesthetic.

​​Most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​accounts​ ​I follow​ ​are​ ​either​ ​motivational,​ ​satiate​ ​my​ ​appetite​ ​for​ ​wanderlust,​ ​or​ ​keep​ ​me​ ​updated​ ​on​ ​the world​ ​and​ ​my​ ​interests.

Funny​ ​enough,​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​think​ ​I​ ​really​ ​get​ ​asked​ ​out​ ​too​ ​often​ ​on​ ​social​ ​media.

​I​ ​get​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of “Hey’s”​ ​but​ ​that​ ​doesn’t​ ​really​ ​count​ ​in​ ​opinion.​ ​

I’d​ ​prefer​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​my​ ​social​ ​media​ ​as​ ​is,​ ​social and​ ​for​ ​networking.​ ​

As​ ​for​ ​real​ ​life,​ ​I’m​ ​single​ ​and​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​asked​ ​out​ ​too​ ​often,​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​cool with​ ​that.​ ​

The​ ​right​ ​person​ ​will​ ​come,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​it’s​ ​simply​ ​a​ ​matter​ ​of​ ​trusting​ ​the​ ​timing​ ​of​ ​life.

I’m​ ​single​ ​and​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​asked​ ​out​ ​too​ ​often,​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​cool with​ ​that” – Kelly Yazdi

Kelly Yazdi fitness model catching her breath

Kelly Yazdi stretching on a surf board

Kelly Yazdi on a motor bike

As​ ​a​ ​Californian​ ​girl​ ​are​ ​you​ ​more​ ​at​ ​home​ ​on​ ​the​ ​board​ ​or​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bike? 

How​ ​about​ ​on​ ​a​ ​bike​ ​with​ ​a​ ​board​ ​strapped​ ​to​ ​me?!​ ​

Honestly,​ ​I​ ​live​ ​to​ ​ride,​ ​so​ ​whether​ ​that’s​ ​on a​ ​motorcycle​ ​or​ ​board​ ​I’m​ ​always​ ​game.​ ​

Both​ ​motorcycling​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​are​ ​both​ ​two​ ​of​ ​my biggest​ ​passions​ ​because​ ​they​ ​make​ ​me​ ​feel​ ​alive​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​moment.​ ​

There’s​ ​really​ ​nothing​ ​like it…..​ ​.​ ​Can​ ​you​ ​tell​ ​I’m​ ​an​ ​adrenaline​ ​junkie​ ​?

You​ ​should​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Moto​ ​Beach Classic!​ ​

Its​ ​an​ ​event​ ​I’m​ ​hosting​ ​that​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​and​ ​bound​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​ridiculously​ ​fun time.​ ​

The​ ​event​ ​has​ ​motorcycle​ ​racing,​ ​surf​ ​contests,​ ​skateboarding,​ ​drag​ ​racing,​ ​art​ ​and​ ​plenty of​ ​buffonery.​ ​Check​ ​out​ ​the​ website​ ​or​ instagram​ ​for​ ​more​ ​details.​ ​

If​ ​any​ ​readers have​ ​any​ ​more​ ​questions,​ ​I’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​welcome​ ​them​ ​to​ ​find​ ​me​ ​on​ ​instagram​! Last​ ​but​ ​not​ ​least,​ ​help​ ​me​ ​become a Maxim Model ​by​ ​voting​ ​for​ ​me​ ​daily​ ​and​ ​sharing​ ​the​ ​link!

Kelly Yazdi doing a one handed hand stand

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