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It was in the late 1970s when women began to take part in bodybuilding competitions which has for long been considered male-only sports. But even before this, in the late nineteenth century there are records of circuses performing what is called ‘strong women acts’. Around 1977, female bodybuilding began being promoted with the belief that women should be allowed the opportunity to display their physiques, the way men has done for years. This list is about some of Impressive Female Bodybuilders.

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Therefore on August 18, 1978, the female bodybuilding contest known as “The Best in the World contest” was organised. On that account, today we bring you 10 totally impressive female bodybuilders who’ll low your mind away.

10 Totally Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Denise Masino (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Sánchez otherwise known as Denise Masino, had her first big win in 1995 at the NPC Nationals. After that she was featured in various prominent fitness and bodybuilding magazines. She won the Night of Champions in 2003. Over years, she has competed gloriously and won prominent places in many competitions like she came second in Ms. International (2003), IFBB Ms. Olympia (2004) etc.

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Gladys Portugues (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

In her bodybuilding career, Portugues’ most significant achievement was when she managed a spot among the top-10 in the Ms. Olympia. Portugues was inspired by Ms. Olympian winner Rachel McLish. After watching McLish on television, she decided that she’d take bodybuilding seriously. Portugues has made appearances in three films and once on television.

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Rachel McLish (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

When studying physiology and health & nutrition, Rachel Livia Elizondo McLish started working in a health club and later got inspired to compete in bodybuilding championships after seeing magazines of female bodybuilders.

McLish’s breakthrough victory came in 1980 when she won the inaugural United States Championships and IFBB Ms. Olympia contest. For the next five year, no other woman appeared in more magazine covers than McLish did. Although, her career spanned only four years, every competition that McLish entered, she never got placed lower than third. She has written two New York Times bestseller on weight training for women.

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Rasa von Werder (German)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Better known as Kellie Everts, she was once barred from entering a competition in 1981. Werder took to picketing and spoke of the injustice being done to her at a radio show. In 2007, the World Bodybuilding Guild (WBBG) awarded her “Progenitor” of Female Bodybuilding and also inducted her into their Hall of Fame.

Werder is the founder of her own church, which is based on a combination of idea that a woman stripper can also preach. She created the “Stripper for God”. She has published six books and numerious articles online on her religious beliefs.

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Marianna Komlos (Canadian)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Late Komlos started her bodybuilding career in the year 1993 by participating in provincial contests. In 1996, Komlos had won the Gators Classic, the British Columbia Championship (alongside being named as the Best Poser) in 1997 and the Women’s Extravaganza in 1997. Komlos appeared on the covers of many fitness magazines like Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness (September issue in 1997), Flex (November issue in 1997) and Women’s Physique World (December issue in 1997).

In 2004, the editor-in-chief of Flex, Jerry Kindela, when talking about Komlos had said, “Marianna’s one of the most beautiful bodybuilders I’ve ever seen.” Komlos died in 2004. She was suffering from breast cancer and was only 35-years-old.

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Rebekka Armstrong (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

A former bodybuilder, these days Rebekka Lynn Armstrong is an HIV/AIDs activist. Back in September 1994 Armstrong declared that she was HIV-positive. Since then she decided to educate the LGBT community about the horrors of contracting HIV/AIDS without even knowing. Armstrong herself had contracted the disease when she was as young as 16-years-old.

Being a competitive bodybuilder, Armstrong has many medals of successes. She won the Muscle Beach competition in 2004, NPC Los Angeles Championship (2004), NPC Pittsburgh (2005) and the NPC Los Angeles Championships in 2009. Armstrong had appeared in as the Playmate of the Month in Playboy for September 1986.

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Nikki Fuller (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Fuller realised early in her life that she was quiet strong physically and decided to channelize her focus on bodybuilding. She began trying her hand at workouts in a local gym, transformed herself and rose to eventual fame. At her largest, Fuller’s biceps measured 457 mm and she weighed 91 kg. She began contesting in 1998 and participated in the Novice Oregon where she won. In 1992, Fuller finished being one among the top ten Ms. Olympia and Ms. International contests. A year later she got featured on the cover of The Women and was part of a compiled photography book of top female bodybuilders.

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Nicole Bass (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Throughout the 80s and 90s Nicole Bass-Fuchs was one of the most celebrated female bodybuilders in America. She is known for participating in eminent wrestling competitions like the XPW, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and World Wrestling Federation. She won the NPC National Bodybuilding Championship in 1997. Today Bass wrestles in independent wrestling circuit, performing at public events and provides personal training.

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Lisa Marie Varon (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Varon is a former bodybuilder best known by her ring name Victoria. She started her career as a professional wrestler in 1997 and went on to become the WWE Women’s Champion twice, TNA Knockouts Champion five times (becoming a  seven-time Women’s Champion overall) and  Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) once.

Varon had studied biology and medicine and while working at the eye and tissue bank, she started teaching aerobics and became a professional trainer. When she got the opportunity of participating in a bodybuilding competition, she jumped on the offer.

Fun fact: Before becoming a professional wrestler, Varon had a chance meeting with the WWF star wrestler Chyna who encouraged her to join wrestling.

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Chyna (America)

Impressive Female Bodybuilders

Joan Marie Laurer otherwise known as Chyna, is a bodybuilder among other things. She became famous in 1997 while performing in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Some of her most notable performance has been in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (2002) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011).When not bodybuilding or fighting in the ring, Chyna appeared in Playboy magazine twice, numerous television shows and films.

Billed as the “Ninth Wonder of the World”, Chyna is said to have left “a lasting legacy as the most dominant female competitor of all time”.

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