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Kim, in Scottsdale

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Forget everything you think you know about fitness models because KIM DOLAN LETO shatters all myths. Sure, Kim is beautiful and has the body that we all dream about, and she has graced the covers of countless fitness magazines like Oxygen, Physical, Le Monde De Muscle, Natural Muscle and Fitness Rx for Women, but Kim is also a successful entrepreneur, a new mom, and one of the kindest people I know.

Growing up in Tucson, Kim was not athletic as a child. In fact, the 2010 Ms. Fitness USA runner -up did not begin taking gymnastics classes until just two months before her 32nd birthday. For Kim, competitions allowed her to set goals to strive to be the best that she could be both physically and mentally.

At 41, Kim proves that it is never too late to get healthy and push yourself outside of your comfort zone to achieve your fitness goals. In fact, after having succesfully dropped 4 dress sizes after the birth of her daughter, Kim appeared on the cover of Oxygen magazine’s Fat Loss issue this past Winter and has now joined Twitter, so that she can offer fitness and training advice to other busy moms. As Kim has often said, “weight can torture and dictate our feelings and self-esteem,” so “fitness has never been a pursuit of vanity, but one of mental health.”


Kim, how do you define your personal style?
Classic and tailored.

Who are your style icons?
Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren.

Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

What is something that you wish you could wear, but can’t ?
Flat shoes.

You are a very successful entrepreneur, but when did you realize that you wanted a career in fitness too?
At 31 years old.

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You’ve said that one of your biggest pet peeves is our nation’s obsession with weight, why?
We all come in different shapes and sizes. I don’t believe in conforming to what someone else thinks is beautiful.

I would be remiss in not asking this question, so here goes, what are three simple steps a person can take to improve their health and fitness level?
Get up off the couch and do what YOU’VE always had a secret passion to do. Whether it’s running a marathon or taking a dance class, get busy doing what YOU love.

You are always so gracious, where does that come from?
God.

Name one place you would like to see before you die.
Where my husband was born in Italy.

One word…
Amen!

Kim, what is your advice to young women?
Don’t let anyone determine how you feel about yourself, and you are so much more than what you look like.

What is one thing you wish you had known at 25?
Sometimes you have to do things…afraid, but do it anyway!

The secret to your success is…
Persistence and humility.

Asked to write your memoirs, what would the title be?
Forever A Student Of Life!

Interviewed May 2010 by Yolanda, editor Zavvi Rodaine
© Zavvi Rodaine.com 2010. No part of this interview may be used or reproduced in any manner without the express written consent of the Editor of Zavvi Rodaine.com.
Photos: Kim’s Personal Collection and Oxygen magazine

Health + Fitness, Inspiration, Life + Style 6 Comments


6 Responses to “Kim, in Scottsdale

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    Stacey T says:
    June 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I just wanted to say that I absolutely love when Kim posts blogs and interviews/videos online. I read/listen to every SINGLE one of them as well as buy everyone of her magazines she poses in. She is my motivator, educator and role model in my life right now. Her face is on my vision board so I can wake up each morning motivated to make a difference in someone else’s life like she has in mine. My #1 goal in life is to one day be somebody’s role model like Kim is to me. To grace the covers of all the amazing fitness magazines and make a difference in the world of fitness like Kim has. I just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with her and make sure she knows she is being heard! I love you Kim, keep Killing it!

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    Shelley says:
    June 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    FANTASTIC! Kim is a huge inspiration to me in so many ways!

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    robert says:
    June 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Good for you, it’s never to late to be in shape. Your husband is lucky. Italy is wonderful, I was born there. Keep it up , your awsome.

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    Sherry says:
    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Wonderful article. This is an inspiration to me because I am trying to lose weight. It is a constant battle. I wish I had the six pack that Kim has. You go girl. Kim and I share some of the same answers.

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    Kim D says:
    June 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    God spent extra time on you: Beauty, Grace, all of the above! You are a true roll model for so many…and motivate many of us—Never too Late!

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    Kim Dolan Leto says:
    May 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I am overwhelmed and flattered by these comments, thank you so much!

    Kim Dolan Leto