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Natasha At The Fights – Ring Girl Is A Knockout!

Pre-Fight

It’s 6:30 PM. Twenty-one-year-old Natasha Edwards is an explosion of excitement and nervous energy waiting to happen. It’s easy to see why her coach Lara Toma describes her as a “fireball.”

Arriving in jeans that hug her frame so tightly it looks as if they were painted on and a top that shows off her muscular bikini competitor physique, Natasha Edwards seems tailor made for this gig. Tonight, sporting a tiny bikini that accentuates the muscles and curves of her 38-26-38 physique, she’ll make her debut as a ring girl.

There’s a list of names at the front door that includes Natasha Edwards. These are the ring girls working the February Fury event. But the ticket takers ignore her name. Instead, they’re waiting for “the special girl with the muscles that will be performing in a bikini tonight.” That puts a smile on Natasha’s face.

Natasha goes to work within minutes of her arrival. Video interviews, promo photos and preparing for her solo performance in the ring; after that, meeting the ring crew, media and her fellow ring girls.

On paper, 90 minutes looks like a comfortable stretch of time; in real time at the venue, each minute races by, chasing the preceding one until the clock exhausts its allotment of 90 ticks.

Ring Girl Natasha Edwards hit a biceps pose at February Fury fight night

Ring Girl Natasha

Showtime! Bring on the Ring Girl

It’s 8 PM. Showtime. MC Olesha Karringten steps into the ring, microphone in hand. “Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please.”

But it’s not a fight that starts the proceedings; it’s Natasha Edwards.

Stepping into the ring wrapped in a black bikini that strains to keep her taut, curvy body encased in the fabric, Edwards exudes a mix of confidence, power and sex appeal.

How many in the crowd are hoping for a timely wardrobe malfunction?

Strutting around the ring, the bikini competitor hits a few biceps flexes that elicit shouts of approval from the fight crowd. MC Olesha continues with her introduction. When she booms out Natasha’s stats, the 38-26-38 measurements gain an approving round of applause from the crowd. As Natasha describes it, her sweeping curves and hard muscles form the perfect combination of “murves,” hashtag parlance for muscles and curves.

After an interview at center ring, Olesha asks Natasha to demonstrate what she does on stage at a bikini contest. Natasha obliges, hitting her mandatory bikini poses and throwing in a few extra twists and turns to show off her chiseled physique. The fight crowd approves.

February Fury stretches out until 11:30 PM. Throughout, Natasha lives up to her “fireball” reputation. Each time she steps into the ring, she feeds off the energy of the audience and shows no signs of slowing down.

That’s a wrap

At the end of the evening with the ring coming down around her, she’s still going strong, posing for promotional photos with a clamor of media rushing to get as much with her as they can. Edwards is ready for more, but it’s the ones behind the cameras that run out of energy first. February Fury finally comes to a close for “the special girl with the muscles that will be performing in a bikini tonight.”

Watch Natasha’s debut as a ring girl:

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Originally published February 2016.

Adriana Gee – Elbows, Air Canada and The Olympia

Nothing like being trapped in a window seat surrounded by people that you really don’t want to be around. Behind me, a woman seemingly obsessed with seeing how deep she could bury the point of her shoe into the bottom of my seat. Resting in my lap, the person in front of me, reclined back as far as possible, all the while ensuring the futility of working on my laptop. But that wasn’t the worst of it.

Riding shotgun beside me, a somewhat disheveled young woman who clearly had too much Vegas and not enough sleep. But even then, how bothersome could she be, fast asleep as she was?

The answer to my question came quickly in the form of a sharp elbow delivered in a manner that would make her the envy of most any NHL power forward patrolling the wing on one of thirty teams. In rapid succession, more elbows came flying my way.

Was she really sleeping, or just carving out some extra space for herself?

Fast forward to the final leg of the trip, closing in on Vancouver, and a groggy voice comes from my right: “Can I borrow your pen?”

On the heels of that, a sheepish apology acknowledging that perhaps a few elbows might have been thrown my way.

From there, we started to converse. In short order and to my surprise, it turned out that my seatmate happened to be a Facebook friend. And no mere mortal Facebook friend either. When not throwing elbows, my seatmate turned out to be none other than Vancouver fitness star Adriana Gee, first-place Arnold amateur winner, Bikini E, at the prestigious 2016 Arnold Classic.

Bikini competitor Adriana Gee on stage in competition suit

Adriana Gee on stage

You worked a booth for the Olympia weekend. What’s the name of your company and how long have you been with them?

I’m sponsored by the supplement GAT Sport and I’ve been with them for about two years.

Busiest day for you, Friday or Saturday?

I would say Saturday, because Sadik came off of the stage and straight to the booth so people had been waiting for him. As well, Big Ramy, who was also competing that day. But our booth is always super packed because we also have Jon “Bones” Jones, Janet Layug, Rebecca Ferrari, as well as Zac Aynsley, who was visiting Las Vegas for the first time since he’s from New Castle, UK.

Favorite moments or highlights from your weekend?

Probably when Sadik came to the team and we were all so happy and proud of him since he switched categories this year (from physique to classic physique) and he did phenomenally! We took a team picture and we all were together and surrounding one another.

Our team has a very close bond with one another, so I believe the highlight of the trip was actually just BEING THERE! GAT has many brand ambassadors around their own country, but the fact that they fly me out all the way from Canada for all the large expos really makes me feel special, of value, and just grateful to be a part of such a supportive and loving group of people.

I miss them always since we’re so far, but every time we get together, it’s like we’ve never been separated and we start right where we left off.

Did you meet any industry celebrities?

Yes I met many fitness celebrities over the weekend! Too many to name and to be honest, I always see them at every Expo, so the novelty of seeing “celebrities” is running thin, whereas now they are just like any everyday person in my field (and I mean that in the utmost respect).

It was pretty cool to see Dwayne Johnson there though! I didn’t get to meet him personally, but I know he hit the hearts of many spectators.

Bikini competitor Adriana Gee posing in athletic gear

Adriana Gee

Favorite thing to do/see in Las Vegas?

Talk to all the people. I’m a people person and I love connecting with our fans and followers at any moment, whether it’s at the booth or when you’re simply walking through a hotel and someone comments on your physique, which leads to engaging conversations about fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness.

We rise by uplifting others, right, so the times that I get to have personal conversations and give advice really makes my heart warm.

My favourite activity would be to hit the pool parties!!! Olympia weekend is filled with the best physiques in the world, so when you’re at a pool party, you see so much hard work and dedication in the form of the human body. Also super cool swimwear and fashion and everyone is letting loose and having a good time!

Your best advice to survive Olympia weekend in Vegas?

Take it slooowww. It’s a three-day event starting on Thursday, ending Saturday, but people usually stay and enjoy the Sunday since no one is working anymore. If you go too hard on Thursday or Friday, then you’re setting yourself up for a short-lived vacation.

I actually go to the gym and try to get an early night’s rest (if I can) Thursday and Friday because I can not even fathom the thought of being hungover all day at the booth. I save my partying for Saturday night and Sunday.

And of course, stay hydrated! Remember, you’re staying in a desert!

Where can we see more of you?

Instagram

Facebook

See our interview with Adriana on YouTube

Bikini competitor Adriana Gee biceps flex

Adriana Gee – biceps

Originally published October 2016