Karen Kryz

Model Female Toronto, Ontario, Canada My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/karenkryz
Mayhem # 703001

About Me

Hello and thank you for taking the time to view my port! Currently I am taking a hiatus from competing and doing shoots to focus on finishing school and getting my career back on track.

I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing and extremely talented MMers and have had many wonderful opportunities experiences come my way, and I look forward to working with many more when I come back!

Thanx!
K.


****** My Story ******

Growing up I was not athletic - in fact I struggled with my weight. Being overweight never really bothered me except when I was picked on by other kids at school for my appearance. Despite being teased, it was not until my doctor told me I had high cholesterol (at the age of 13) that made me realize I had to do something about my weight and health.

The first major step I took was I changed my eating habits. By the time I was 15, I successfully lost close to 40lbs and lowered my cholesterol to a normal level. However, maintaining my weight became a challenge, and by the time I completed university I had put the pounds back on plus I once again had high cholesterol.

So the next thing I did was join a gym. I enjoyed working out on cardio machines, but I didn’t want to go near weights because I was scared to get bigger than I already was. When I realized I was not getting the results I wanted on my own, I decided to hire a trainer to learn about weight training and to help me get my health back on track.

Everything was going great until I was 26, when I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). PCOS is a hormonal disorder that causes the ovaries to produce higher levels of androgens. Some of the major symptoms include infrequent menstrual periods, high cholesterol, and weight gain/obesity (all of which I was experiencing). Although PCOS is not curable, it is treatable with medications and can be controlled through diet and exercise.

Initially, I had a difficult time accepting that I had PCOS. I went through the “why me” phase and I felt sorry for myself. Discovering that something is wrong with your body and knowing that you have to live with it for the rest of life is not a fun experience to go through. However, if anything good came out of this ordeal, the diagnosis finally provided me with answers as to why I was having all these problems with my weight and cholesterol.

Today, I have accepted and come to terms with having PCOS. It has shaped the person I have become, and gives me the determination to take this negative element in my life and transform it into something positive. Competing [in fitness competitions] has become that positive. I have been “gifted” with something that makes me special and unique - rather than see the glass as half-empty, I will view it as half-full.

Credits

****** Commercials ******
“StartCurling.ca” (2010) | http://youtu.be/3YEF3mgFNZs

****** Music Videos ******
Paper Lions "Lost the War" (2010) | http://youtu.be/PANuq40g6Hw

****** Print ******
York Region Transit Bus Posters (October 2010)
Inside Fitness Magazine, Hot and Fit Top 100 (Feb/Mar 2010)
Inside Fitness Magazine, ThermoLean Ad (Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar 2010)
7th Place Winner, 2009 Fitness Star Photo Contest
Oxygen Magazine, ThermoLean Ad (June, July, Aug, Sept 2009)

****** 2009 Competition Results ******
- 1st Place, Muscular Model Level 3, Fitness Star
- 3rd Place, Figure Elite Division, 2009 UFE Nationals Elite Show
- 11th Place, Fitness Model Elite Division, 2009 UFE Nationals Elite Show
- 2nd Place, Figure Open Division, 2009 UFE Spring Bash
- 3rd Place, Fitness Model Open Division, 2009 UFE Spring Bash

****** 2008 Competition Results ******
- 2nd Place, Fittest Duo, June 2008 FAME World Championships
- 2nd Place, Fitness Model Short, May 2008 FAME Classic
- 2nd Place, Muscle Model, May 2008 FAME Classic

****** Special Events ******
- 2009 Toronto Pride Parade, Trojan float model
- 2009/10 UFE  Awards Presenter and ThermoLean booth model
- 2009 Titika Active Wear Fashion Show, runway model

****** Collaborations ******
Magda M, Photographer and Hair/Makeup, MM#65704
Joel Roberts, Photographer, MM#376411
DWProductions Inc, Photographer, MM#409305
Urban Stylz Photography, Photographer, MM#370375
Kevin Komlenovich, Photographer, MM#630266
Billy Archos, Photographer, MM#357618
Glen E. Grant, Photographer
Liana Saadi, Photographer
2 Nyce Photography, Photographer, MM#766763
images OUTLOUD, Photographer, MM#1181932
Stacey Fox, Photographer, MM#376175
D4Fish Photography, Photographer, MM#732193
ScottApplebyPhotog, Photographer, MM#44293
M Wendy Rorong, MUA, MM##1080376
Chris V Linton, Photographer, MM#323221
WarrenZelmanPhotography, Photographer, MM#1198279
Cindy Contreras, MUA, MM#1295625
Michael Andrews, Photographer, MM#72319
MakeUpTemiMarie, MUA, MM#1450811
Amber Dunford, Model, MM#1553920
Ryan Ren, Photographer, MM#285619
The E Spot, Photographer, MM#1306778
Kristen Demelo, AMAZING Makeup Artist, MM#136835
WForrest Photography, AMAZING Photographer, MM#92179

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