Black Female Body Builders That Are Stronger Than Most Men
From Serge Nubret and Sergio Oliva to Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman, Black bodybuilders have contributed a lot to bodybuilding. Many of them have become iconic faces of the sport, which is known for its inherent spirit of equal opportunity. Much less, however, is known about women of color who compete just as much as Black men in bodybuilding. Below, you can learn more about them, acquainting yourself with the 5 famous Black female bodybuilders.
A professional female bodybuilder, Iris Floyd Kyle has an impressive record of competing in bodybuilding to boast of. Throughout her bodybuilding career, she has managed to become Ms. Olympia ten times, including her two heavyweight Ms. Olympia titles. She has also been Ms. International seven times, winning the heavyweight Ms. International title as well. Recognizing her competitive record, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) has ranked her as the best female bodybuilder.
An IFBB Pro female bodybuilder, Roxie Beckles began competing in bodybuilding at the professional level in 2013. After winning the NPC Team Universe Championships in Women’s Physique that year, she received the Pro Card from the IFBB. Following her victory, she made a series of professional debuts, earning the spot at the Ms. Olympia contest in 2014. Being one of the top 16 physique competitors in 2014, Roxie Beckles fulfilled her long-time dream of becoming an Olympian. Since then, she has become a contest preparation coach, helping women worldwide to compete in bodybuilding.
Nancy Lewis started competing in bodybuilding professionally in 1991, after winning the overall title title at the NPC USA Championship. Soon after receiving the IFBB Pro Card, she had professional debuts at the 1992 Ms. International and Ms. Olympia contests. Besides other contests, she has taken part in 5 Ms. International, 7 Ms. Olympia, and 4 Jan Tana Classic contests. At her best, she came in 4th at the 1998 Ms. International and the 2004 Ms. Olympia contests. She also won Jan Tana Classic in 2002, winning both the overall and the middleweight titles.
Ranked as the 7th best female bodybuilder by the IFBB, Monique Jones is competing in bodybuilding professionally since 2010. That year, she won the 2010 IFBB North American Championships, which earned her the Pro Card from the IFBB. Soon, she made her professional debuts at the 2011 Ms. Olympia and the 2012 Ms. International contests. In 2012 and 2013, she won the IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza contest. Monique Jones also won the 2018 WOS Romania Muscle Fest Pro Women’s Bodybuilding contest.
Having spent 10 years in competitive bodybuilding, Yvette Bova has taken part in numerous bodybuilding contests. Before retiring from competitive bodybuilding in 2006, she had participated in 5 NPC USA Championships and 4 NPC National Championships. Her bodybuilding career highlights include coming in 2nd at the 2004 NPC USA Championships. And coming in 6th at the 2005 NPC National Championships.