In general, war movies such as Jarhead, Saving Private Ryan, and Black Hawk Down are more male-oriented in both the target audience as well as the actors. But this does not mean that military service applies strictly to men. In reality, more and more women are enrolling and joining the military.
Hope Howard is one of these women that is not only physically talented but owns a strong sense of patriotism as well.
Read on to find out more about Hope Howard.
As a former United States military veteran with the Air Force, Hope Howard joined the Air Force right when she graduated from high school.
She became a Fighter Jet Mechanic and when she was 19 she was deployed to Afghanistan where according to her website she ‘has an M-16 assault rifle strapped to [her] pretty much 24/7.’
She said that the experience overseas was both the best and the worst experience of her life since it allowed her to grow exponentially and to see the world differently.
Nowadays, she has still continued to grow but maybe more so physically. She has fulfilled her dream of becoming a model which she aspired to be since she was merely 5 years old.
She said that ever since she was a child she wanted to be a model but as she grew older her desire changed to wanting to help people.
That is one of the reasons why she decided to join the military. She wanted to help other people in their lives but couldn’t reconcile that with modeling.
She noticed that the modeling industry was anything but helping other people and it was extremely ‘vain.’ This created an internal struggle within her and she began to stray away from her aspirations of becoming a model.
After her stint in the Air Force, she decided to pursue her dreams once again. She began to be ‘more mindful’ of what she ate and put in more effort and time into her physical training.
In an interview, she said: ‘a fire started to burn inside me and it couldn’t be put out. Lifting weights and eating properly seriously saved my life!’
4 years later, she is at the pinnacle of the fitness world as not only a personal trainer but also as an IFBB Bikini Pro!
Unfortunately, tragedy struck when she was nearing the end of her 6-year enlistment with the military.
Hope’s grandma had called her one day and said that she was in the hospital in need of surgery to get her leg removed. Although she survived the surgery, Hope’s grandmother passed away three months later.
Hope said that: ‘she was my most favorite person in the whole world and I started to give up on my dream again but then I remembered something very important.’
‘My grandma told me ‘you have to live your life no matter what.’ So using her grandmother’s last words as inspiration and motivation she plowed forth with a head of steam to become a PT full time and to pursue fitness modeling as more than just a hobby.
She said that obtaining those two jobs helped satisfy her cravings. She could still aspire to be the model that she wanted to be, all the while helping others reach their goal as a personal trainer.
She currently has her own website where she offers fitness advice, workout plans and also nutrition tips/meal plans. Her plans and diets are available for both men and women!
She said that her motivation and work ethic comes from the fact that she endured a tough childhood.
At times in her youth, her family stayed in a one bedroom house where Hope, her mom, her dad and sister all had to sleep together.
But when she saw her parents start their own business and work their way out of that situation, she knew that hard work and talent could take her a long way.
She said that: ‘I don’t come from privilege and I know what it means to be poor but I’m not embarrassed about it. I’ve had to fight extremely hard to get to where I’m at and I have so much farther to go.’