Kelly Yazdi | Going for gold in Maxim’s​ ​Finest

kelly-yazdi-maxims-finest​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 to find out more about her and the Maxim competition we’re backing her in.


First things first, 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.​ ​


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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​ ​favorite​ ​Maxim beauty​ ​to​ ​win​ ​her​ ​dream​ ​modeling​ ​gig,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​supporting​ ​the​ ​veterans.

Why does this mean so much to you? 

To​ ​me,​ ​the​ ​Maxim’s​ ​Finest​ ​competition​ ​isn’t​ ​a​ ​beauty​ ​pageant​ ​or​ ​a​ ​popularity​ ​contest;​ ​it’s​ ​a platform​ ​that​ ​can​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​catalyst​ ​for​ ​women​ ​in​ ​the​ ​modeling​ ​industry​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to being​ ​an​ ​avenue​ ​that​ ​supports​ ​our​ ​military​ ​and​ ​veterans.​ ​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.

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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​ ​honored​ ​to​ ​be​come a Maxim model.


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“​I​ ​am and​ ​always​ ​have​ ​been​ ​a​ ​hustler”

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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? 

Interestly​ ​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​ ​specialized​ ​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.


 

biker-female-maxim-competition 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​ ​favorite 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.

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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​ ​favorite​ ​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. ​

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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

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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​ ​?

In​ ​fact,​ ​if​ ​you’re​ ​not​ ​busy​ ​on​ ​Saturday,​ ​October​ ​14th,​ ​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.​ ​

​I​ ​hope​ ​something​ ​in​ ​there​ ​reaches​ ​out​ ​and​ ​inspires​ ​you.​ ​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!

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Who will you be rooting for in the Maxim competition? Do you want to be featured as an influencer on Human Research? Get in touch in the comment bar below and I’ll get back to you.

 

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