Introducing our Coco Rave Babe, Samantha Bowers, the 21-year-old Missouri based fitness enthusiast/model. This Coco Rave Babe is also a healthy lifestyle blogger, certified personal trainer, former Miss Missouri Teen USA, self-proclaimed social media addict and frozen yogurt enthusiast. Her Instagram feed @samanthabowers_ makes us drool with her healthy recipes and serves up extreme #fitspo. Get to know Coco Rave Babe, Samantha, and read our exclusive interview below.
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Name: Samantha Bowers
Location: University of Missouri
Where are you from? Kansas City, Missouri
Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, Driven, and Competitive
What are your beach essentials?
I always have a healthy snack on hand no matter where I go, so the beach is no exception! Fresh tropical fruit, protein bars, and natural almonds are some of my favorites. I also love photography, so I always take my camera with me anytime I go somewhere I might be able to snap a photo of the scenery.
Favorite Coco Rave swimsuit?
This is a hard question! But, if I have to pick just ONE, I must say my favorite style is the “Amy Halter Push Up Underwire.” I love the support it gives and the cute cut out in the front.
What’s your dream destination to wear your Coco Rave swimsuit?
I have a serious case of wanderlust, and traveling all over the world is definitely on my bucket list. It has always been a dream of mine to visit the beautiful Maldives, and of course my Coco Rave Swimsuit would be along for the trip!
How would you describe your personal style?
I would definitely say my style could be described as “fashionably fit!” I practically live in activewear, so I love all of the trendy athleisure styles that are super in right now. If I could wear a bright colored sports bra and athletic leggings everywhere, I would.
If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you bring with you?
Without a doubt: my camera, my laptop, and my favorite Coco Rave swimsuit! I mean, if I am stranded on a desert island I might as well blog about it, right? 😉
What made you want to start competing in pageants?
I actually grew up playing sports for most of my life, so it was a bit of a different experience for me to compete in my first pageant. When I was 15 years old, I started getting into the modeling industry and that’s how I was initially introduced to the world of pageantry. Once you compete in your first one, you catch the “pageant bug” and fall in love with them. I have learned so much about myself as a person and developed skills that I now use every day as I work towards my future career, and I attribute it to my experiences with pageantry. Pageants provide such an incredible platform for young women to advocate for a cause they are passionate about, make lifelong friends, and grow as a person.
What is one stereotype of pageant girls that you wish didn’t exist?
I think a lot of times people have a preconceived notion that girls in pageants are competing against each other and can’t be friends. When in reality, it is the complete opposite. If there is one thing I have learned throughout my years in pageantry it is that your only competition is YOURSELF. We are all striving to show the judges the best versions of ourselves when we set foot on stage. No matter how hard I try, I will never be anyone but me. It truly is amazing to surround yourself with other driven, strong women pursuing the same goal as you. You really get to bond and form friendships that last a lifetime. I met Coco Rave Babe Aly Klinzing nearly 4 years ago through pageantry, and we are still great friends to this day!
As a lifestyle and fitness blogger, what are your favorite ways to break a sweat?
I have always loved lifting weights, but lately I have been super into hot yoga. It will DEFINITELY make you break a sweat! I am practically drenched by the time the 80 minute class is over. I find it so relaxing and flexibility is something that I am working on, so hot yoga is definitely my favorite right now.
What’s your normal workout routine like?
I usually lift weights 4 times a week, do some form of long distance cardio 3-4 times a week, and do 2 high intensity interval training sessions (HIIT) a week. Sometimes I will throw in a couple of sessions of hot yoga or some kickboxing. I am a really big morning person, so I love waking up early and getting in a lifting session before my day starts.
What three songs are always on your workout playlist?
I am all about empowering music while I work out! I always love Fighter by Christina Aguilera, Confident by Demi Lovato, and a little throwback… Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.
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