These 7 Real Life Wonder Women Are Kicking A**!

We’ve seen action heroine Gal Gadot slay the role of amazon princess Diana in the blockbuster movie,Wonder Woman. But did you know of the real life Wonder Women? These amazing amazons go through rigorous training sessions to hone their bodies into perfect vessels of athleticism and strength.

However, their determination to push their bodies to the limits of physical fitness are just the visible parts of their determination. As these women will testify, the journey to ultimate body conditioning is often challenging and sometimes, lonely. Read on to discover how these real life wonder women’s physical and mental strengths shaped them into inspiring modern-day heroines.

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Misty Copeland

Kansas-born Misty Copeland rose to fame as the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Lauded as a prodigy, Copeland learnt ballet at the relatively mature age of 13 but was en pointe just three months after starting formal lessons. While she was progressing quickly in ballet, continuing with her classes was challenging. Copeland’s mom, a four-times married single parent, worked long hours to make ends meet. Thanks to her first ballet teacher and mentor Cynthia Bradley, she was able to continue with her classes and progress with training.

Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair is a second generation professional wrestler with wrestling royalty in her blood: she is the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair!  She made her first appearance on the wrestling platform with her dad at the age of 13. Currently, she is a four-time RAW champion which is a historic record for the brand. In 2016, Charlotte was crowned the inaugural WWE (RAW) Women’s Champion.

Ann Osman

Sabah born Ann Osman is the first Malaysian top-tier Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. In 2013, she made her ONE FC debut at the Singapore Indoor Stadium where she lost on a split decision to Sherilyn Lim. Now a self-made businesswoman, Ann owns Fitness Rites Centre and a recreational adventure company,  Xtreme Paddlers Borneo. Despite her business commitments, Ann is still active in the MMA circuit and is a role model for women wishing to realise their true potential in a conservative society.

 

Serena Williams

World tennis Number One Serena Williams has held the top spot eight times from 2002 to 2017. Williams is also the only tennis player to win 10 Grand Slam titles over two decades. These days though, fans are talking less about her mean forearm and killer backhand and focusing instead on pictures of her baby bump on Instagram and in the media. Sereena is expecting her first child with Reddit founder Alex Ohanian between the end of August to early September.

Linora Low

Life may seem like a breeze for this in-demand radio jock and fitness personality but she revealed in an earlier interview with FEMALE Magazine that, “I was not picked for a number of [projects] because of the way I look; I was not your ‘typical-sized’ girl meant for the screen or print because my arms were too big, my shoulders were too broad.” While she may not have known where to start at first, her career is certainly on a high right now. Besides her radio and emceeing commitments, Low is also brand ambassador for Under Armour and Pharmafreak.

 

Jessie Graff

You might recognise Jessie Graf from the hit show, American Ninja Warrior where she was the first woman to represent the United States. This professional stuntwoman has a Taekwando black belt and a Kungfu black sash, AND has mastered five different martial arts styles. While growing up, Graff was a competitive gymnast and pole vaulter. Despite her sporting achievements, she STILL managed to keep her grades up and made the honor roll.

Mayling Ng

Former fitness instructor Mayling Ng has the distinction of actually landing a role on the hit movie, Wonder Woman.  You may have recognised her in the movie as the amazon, Orana. Ng, who is of British-Singaporean parentage, actually lived just across the causeway in the Lion City when she was in her 20s. These days, she travels all over the world for work. The fact that she was once overweight keeps her focused on maintaining her physique. “I was so overweight because my family does restaurants so our thing is to eat. I love to eat, that’s why I love Singapore,” Ng told the Straits Times.

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