Firstly, I would like to thank you for this opportunity for an interview. Secondly, I love telling my story, as it might inspire some young people. I was born in a beautiful land, Sicily, surrounded by a lot of sun, sea, and heat. However, I decided to leave Sicily without thinking of coming back at the age of 18 when I went abroad to seek my fortune. And I was lucky enough to find it.
Unlike many of my fellow countrymen, I had no reason to leave, as I had everything, but I understood this later. What pushed me toward new discoveries was my adventurous spirit. I wanted to see with my own eyes what was out there. Furthermore, that same spirit later led me to discover the world, including Hawaii, Polynesia, Australia, Bahamas, Thailand, Mexico, Florida, and Indonesia. Therefore, I feel at home up until the Cook Islands, which is in another part of the world.
Still, I was not satisfied with the superficial journey. In order to discover my true dimension, I acquired the PADI scuba diving certificate so I can continue pursuing my dream of digging deeper and deeper into the sea in my natural element. Most probably, this is the most apparent memory of my homeland Sicily. Yet, my homeland has also given me a temperament heart vehemently the intransigence to abuses.
One August night at the exit from a disco in Bali, I stretched out my fist with a straight, sharp, and fulminating right and hit a drunk Australian surfer who stretched out his hands. The blow started naturally alone among the many onlookers.
I saw a former American boxer, who told me, “You have this sport in your DNA,” and he was right. I stopped in Philadelphia for two months, and I learned this for myself. I was in some smelly gyms like my home, facilitated by the language (I speak English and French). But everyone was friendly, so I was encouraged by this.
When I returned to Italy, I started more controlled nutrition. Oh my God, how much I loved chocolates and ice creams. Still, I went for the scheduled workouts, healthy lifestyle, and diet.
I obtained the Certificate as a Federal Boxing Coach from the Italian Boxing Federation, so I was one of the first and rare women to teach this fascinating and unique sport. Boxing was a great school of life since it taught me to get up every time life threw me a low blow, a bit like the boxer on the mat getting back up.
One day I was leafing through a sports magazine. It was 1997, and I saw a photo of a female bodybuilding champion. Therefore, I was so fascinated to see that sculpted physique that I decided to start training with weights. After that, I had my first competition in 2000 at Mister Universe IBFA, and I won third place.
In those days, the only female categories were either bodybuilding, so very muscular, or fitness. As a result, I never came in the first place because I wasn’t very muscular. I had the bikini shape, even when this category didn’t exist yet.