Tell us a bit about yourself...
My name is Michelle Parish and Iím 22 years old. I am a
published fitness model and an internationally published writer,
contributing fitness and nutrition articles to
Americanhealthandbeauty.com (this is my job) and
Monstersupplements.com in the UK. My official website is
I am currently
in school studying to be a registered dietitian.
What made you
get into modeling?
I was actually doing makeup to start out, but being photogenic
myself I started to like being in front of the camera. I started
when I was 17. For the most part, I knew I wanted to help people
and make money doing what I loved so modeling is always a good
marketing tool. People are more likely to listen to someone they
like to look at.
What do you
enjoy about modeling?
I like pretending to be someone else. Iíve always been a nerd
and very imaginative so itís always awesome to come out of my
shell and act. I am very casual and laid back in real life so
itís fun to dress up and get all glamorous sometimes. I think to
draw and paint and to me photography is another form of art. I
just happen to be the subject.
Worst part of
The worst part of modeling is seeing the proofs. I donít know
why but Iím very hard on myself. I see everything wrong and Iím
always noticing things I see that I couldíve done better.
Everyone else will tell me the pics are so amazing but Iíll hate
every single one. Iím hard to please. Itís fun though.
Do you have
any tattoos? If so where and what of?
Yes, I have 11. I have one on my left ankle, on my likeÖleft
ovary (lol), right hip, lower back (tramp stamp), wrist,
forearm, traps (shoulders), one under my left boob, one on my
right boob, and a partial half sleeve on my right arm. Most of
them I got at a time when I was going through a lot and they
served as therapy. I find it fascinating that you can go through
pain and earn something beautiful. Also I just love art and Iím
ecstatic that I can put it on my body forever. My partial half
sleeve means the most to me. Itís the most colorful and even
though I drew all my tats, this one is the most intricate and
beautiful. It is of a bluejay coming out of an unzipped heart
flying toward a rainbow. Itís a very busy, colorful, fun tattoo
and it represents my personality very well.
My best asset is my spirit. I keep a high level of energy all
the time and overcome obstacles easily by keeping a positive
attitude and winning people over. I love that about myself. No
matter how much my perkiness might annoy people, I donít care. I
donít want to change and I think I set a pretty good example for
the people around me and bring people up when theyíre down.
Without my spirit my body, my face, everything about me would be
I am so ADHD. I get so distracted. Iíve learned to deal with it
but I swear I just love to daydream and randomly go off on a
tangent. I would love to not have that problem, but hey we all
have to work around our weaknesses.
three technological things you cannot live without?
My computer. I write articles for a living so it would be
really difficult for me to make money without it. Also, all my
pictures, videos, files are saved on here so if I lost it I
would be highly upset. It keeps me connected with the world! I
almost said my phone, but my computerís more important.
How do you
I LOVE to watch movies. I watch Netflix all day. I watch
mostly scary movies but I also like fantasy like Harry Potter
and Chronicles of Narnia. Itís sad, but Iíd rather watch movies
than do almost anything else. They take my mind off things and
let me escape to another world. Itís invaluable to my mental
things that annoy you?
Arrogance. Traffic. Unappreciative people. I donít think anyone
in this world has the right to be arrogant and full of
themselves and I have absolutely no tolerance for it. I donít
care if youíre a celebrity, sit down.
things that make you happy?
Movies, Art, Nature. These are things that make me feel free.
What is your
favourite video game?
I still like Sonic! That was like the funnest game ever I would
play it on my sega genesis (I know Iím old school) and I play it
on my ps3 now sometimes.
If you could
go back in time and visit yourself at age 10, what would you
I would tell myself I was the coolest kid on the block and to
stop trying to hard to get everyone else to think that. That I
was worth the respect I never gave myself.
On the other
hand, if you could go into the future and visit yourself 80,
what would you ask?
Iíd probably ask what the biggest mistake of my life was, one
that no matter how you look at it..nothing good came from it.
Otherwise, Iím big on just doing your best and not trying to
predict the future. I believe there is a plan for all of us and
if we were supposed to know it we would. Looking too far into
the future causes us to rush and skip life right now.
In a relationship but not married
What do you
look for in a guy?
I look for a personality. Hilarious and open-minded. Someone
thatís not afraid to act like a kid and have fun, most
importantly be himself.
What is your
Probably a Will Ferrel movie. I would say one of the Harry
Potters, but I just love Will Ferrel. Maybe Wedding Crashers.
That movie was bloody hilarious!
My favorite music is rock. Three days grace, breakinf Benjamin,
Chevelle, but also the old classic rock. I like the Eagles,
Journey (I thought Journey was awesome BEFORE Glee) and
Metallica, etc. I like everything but rock is my favorite. My
favorite song is Donít Fear The Reaper.
I like fruit. A lot.
Black. And Rainbow :)
Right now? Spartacus!!!!
Cats. I love cats. Theyíre so freaking fluffy and you can pick
them up and cuddle them. I love dogs, I have two huge ones, but
if I pick them up they make weird noises and get all stiff. Cats
coil around you and let you hold them in a non-weird way. Like
stuffed animals. Definitely a cat person.
Your motto for life?
Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the heart of
the beheld. Original quote :)
Do you have a
fan site like twitter, myspace or facebook?
Yes! Twitter: @Michelle_Parish and my fan page on facebook is
Facebook.com/MichelleParish.FitnessModel. I actually have a
website its MichelleParish.net thereís some really cool pics on
that one that I canít post on facebook!
What does the
future hold for you?
Eh. Most the time, Iím not sure. Iím working on a book, got a
few shoots and publications coming out. You can check me out in
the current issue of American Curves (April 2012). Otherwise Iím
working and focusing on graduating from college. The future
holds something big for me. Even though I donít know what it is,
I believe in it and Iím ready.
Ten words or
less for your fans?
Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
Lastly, any scoops for our
Yes, I will soon be launching a webstore with clothes designed
by me, prints, meal plans, and workout plans so stay tuned for
that! Keep up with me on facebook and youíll always know whats
going on with me