Meet the cute, the sexy, the fit, the fun and the shy Monique Michelle Benjamin, our LW Babe of the Week. Get to know Monique a little better in our fun interview with her all while drooling over her sexy photos. Enjoy!
Nickname: Nique ( Niki )
Day job: Chiropractor and Pilates Instructor
Music of choice: I choose anything I can sing along too. I have a rather wide spectrum in music taste. Especially love golden oldies.
Party trick: Partying the hardest on tea and coffee
Claim to fame: I’m still searching
Words to live by: Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha! As long as you are having fun doing it.
First of all, congrats on being one of our LW Babes. What went through your mind when we asked you if you would be keen to be featured?
I giggled. This is all very new to me! But I was excited at the prospect.
You are a fitness model and obviously enjoy your training. What drives you to train and what results are you looking at achieving?
It all started as a New Year’s resolution 2012/13 to get a “6-pack” after I completed an Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, now I am just addicted to weight training and the fitness lifestyle. So I think it’s safe to say that my sheer enjoyment of training is what drives me. Next goals are to take my strength to the “next” level, so working on setting new PB’s every week.
What goals do you have in the fitness industry?
I am actually not entirely sure as yet. Just to incorporate it into my life in any shape or form, for personal satisfaction and to inspire others. And if becoming a pro was on the cards, I would not complain. [laughs]
How often do you train and what type of training do you enjoy the most?
I train 5 or 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I love love love weight training. Legs and glutes are my favourite.
“I’d say my back is my strongest, but sexiest, perhaps best left to the eye of the beholder”
It takes a lot of discipline to stay focused and get the results you have achieved. How do you stay disciplined?
It’s a choice and It makes me happy. Obviously there are days where temptation strikes, and some days it wins but at the end of the day my passion drives me and keeping my mind on the end goal is what keeps me there. That and the daily inspirational pic I put up of other fitness models.
How often have you flaunted your stuff in front of the camera and what goes through your mind when you are?
Not very often at all. I was a dancer so “performing” comes a little more naturally to me but honestly, all I think of is how to not burst out giggling. I’m actually a little shy.
What part of your body would you say is the sexiest and what part do you think guys find the sexiest?
Uhm… lost for words. Strongest would perhaps be a better description for me to refer to myself as. I’d say my back is my strongest, but sexiest, perhaps best left to the eye of the beholder.
How do you think the saying “blondes have more fun” came about?
I think in general blondes appear more mischievous, perhaps?! I think it’s hard to generalise, I’ve met some pretty fun-loving brunettes and red heads. I think it’s perhaps better to say, Girls have more fun. [laughs]
With summer around the corner, what are you looking forward to most during the hot season?
Summer dresses and the beach. My fav!
What is the best way to spend a summer holiday in South Africa?
No doubt about it, at the beach! Reading a good book in the sun, long walks on the beach and eating fresh fish. My favourite holiday spot is Bushmans River.
Finish these sentences:
“My naughty side comes out…”
at any possible moment it can.
“My biggest high was…”
Getting the title Dr.
“I get goose bumps when…”
I see inspiring stories of people who have triumphed.
“…makes me blush”
Everything, even the thought of blushing
“My sexiest outfit consists of…”
white Chantilly lace.
Photos by Amorie Pearson