Isjeanne Du Toit entered the 2019 Face of Fitness competition but failed to make it to the final 3. Yet, entering gave her the exposure that led to her successfully launching her fitness modelling career!
We caught up with her to find out more about her inspirational journey.
What have you been up to since the competition?
My life has been amazing! I can honestly say several things have happened in my life after this competition! It’s been such an incredible journey and I have learned so much more about the fitness industry. I continued with my Trifocus studies and even received the opportunity to be one of their brand ambassadors during lockdown! I’m still learning Zulu – Busi Mmotla has been helping me out (she is the sweetest!). It is a process because I have started with so many new adventures. I do lash extensions in a salon, which is very meditative for me as it lets me focus on one thing. The rest of the time I mostly think of my meal plan, exercise and work. I’m now working as a marketing manager, plus I have my own social media to keep up to date. My passion is really to help people and motivate and inspire them to be happy and love themselves. I also got a massive opportunity to become an Assistant Coach with Rise by Hayley T-Rex. Yeaaahhh so much has happened and I love every second of embracing this journey !
What is your favourite memory from the competition?
Definitely, the amount of support I had for entering. I was so surprised by how many friends and family supported me! I wasn’t even top 12 yet and still I felt like an absolute winner! It definitely taught me to appreciate the people I have in my life! Even if we don’t speak, they will always be there!
What was your biggest takeaway from entering the Face of Fitness 2019?
It was definitely the amazing exposure I received. While it’s not all about that, many people saw what I am all about and I got offered so many opportunities – like literally more than I can count on my fingers! You never know who is watching! This has really been an incredible competition to participate in.
What are the qualities you want to see in the next FoF winner?
Confidence, uniqueness, a willingness to embrace diversity, some who empowers women and has a passion to inspire others, yet is humble and selfless. She must be determined to work hard and show others how.
How do you feel technology has changed the perception of fitness modelling in the past 2-3 years?
So much! I really feel that it’s a misperception of reality. You get lots of fakers out there who say they live fitness but photoshop everything and show a lot more skin than just keeping it fitness model related. There are those who really work hard and have beautiful bodies and are incredible fitness models, but some girls get frustrated because they can’t look like that, yet they give advice and so on. People need proper guidance and personal support! Technology isn’t all that bad, though. I mean, I love me a selfie!
What piece of advice would you give a lady who wants to enter the 2020 Face of Fitness?
Just be yourself!!! That is so important! Being real and embracing your uniqueness is beautiful! No-one is like you, so go out these and show them what you’re made of. If you work hard and fully commit then you have an amazing chance to get there. Do your research on the previous winners, who are all incredible ladies and super kind! There is a reason why they won. And know that the journey will be worth it! Learn and grow!
My motto is: If you don’t ask, you won’t know!
Yay or nay – what does Isjeanne say?
Cheat meals? Yay!
Fasted cardio? Yay!
Intermittent fasting? NAY! I like eating every few hours.
Weight training? Yay!
Low carb diet? Yay!
Running? Nay! I just don’t like it
You can out-train a bad diet? Nay!
Meat-free Mondays? NAY!
Training every day? NAY! A rest day is needed for recovery
Protein bars? Yay! Obviously
Author: Logan Leigh Rix
Logan blends her passion and profession by working as a digital and social media marketer and content creator in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She’s also a former Face of Fitness finalist and Fitness Magazine featured athlete.