Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fitness Interview: Jamie Eason 

Posted by James at 10:05 PM ET

By Jeff Bayer
Jamie EasonWhether you’re a fitness fan or not, there’s a good chance you know about Jamie Eason. She’s been featured in many fitness magazines and has been crowned the World’s Fittest Model. Now she’s teaming up with Bodybuilding.com as its spokesperson and is hoping to get more involved with her passions of writing and book-publishing.

Jamie Eason began her journey into the fitness world with a short stint as an NFL Cheerleader, but she soon found herself sinking into an inactive lifestyle. So, she sat up and took action; she purchased a gym membership and began a regular workout routine. Soon after, her strength gains were coming nicely, but she wasn’t so comfortable with the way her clothes were fitting.

After discussing this problem with a good friend of hers, she was put on a proper diet that completely transformed her body. Once she understood meal frequency and portion size, it was only three short months before drastic changes were made. In fact, these changes were so unbelievable that she walked away with her pro card after her very first time on stage. For Jamie Eason, this is what really solidified her passion for fitness.

With a typical day consisting of five to six meals, each with chicken, fish, turkey or egg whites alongside a slow-digesting carb source like oatmeal, sweet potatoes or fresh veggies, it’s easy to see how she can stay in such great shape.

AM spoke with Jamie Eason about her thoughts on men, fame and how all this has affected her personal life.

How do you feel about lists that rate women based on their desirability and sexiness?

Well, you have to look at it in all good fun. It’s really interesting to see the different images that society deems to be beautiful, as real beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’m not a really tall, thin female, so I don’t fit the typical image you see. It’s great that people are becoming more open to a variety of representations of beauty.

You make a living based on your image; are you afraid of losing that image?

Yes -- in a way. It’s natural for anyone who is in this industry to be concerned over how they look, and it can be difficult to maintain all the time. It’s good to keep it in perspective though, and realize that the recognition can lead to other things that are not so image-related. For me, I’m trying to get more involved in writing, which doesn’t have as much to do with image. It can be hard sometimes since people do always have that image in the back of their minds, but if you work hard, then it can work to your benefit.
Jamie Eason
Is trading in your private life the price of fame? Is it worth it?

That’s a really good question. I think that right now I’m lucky because I have a good balance. I do have moments where I’ll get recognized -- for instance, in a restaurant someone will notice who I am, but it’s not to the point where everywhere I go people are watching.

I could see the potential for more attention down the road, especially with my boyfriend and his music doing so well, but I think it will be something I can handle. Right now, it’s a really good trade-off for me. It’s nice to reach out and talk to more people, but at the same time, I do still have some private time as well.

What is one quality you for look for in a man?

I’d say mostly confidence, but without being arrogant.

Who is your ultimate man’s man? Why?

First off, I’d have to say my boyfriend. He’s doing really well right now in the music scene and is a good example of what I look for in a guy. Celebrity-wise, though, I’d choose David Beckham. He’s a really good father and husband, and he’s in great shape. I think someone who’s active is really attractive.

Where should a man take a woman on a first date? What would be the ultimate first date?

Some place where you can talk more; maybe a walk in a small town or something. It’s nice when it’s a little quieter and it can be just the two of you.

More photos of Jamie here.

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