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Question - You were born and raised in Amsterdam, what do you love about the country?
Mercedes - Yes. What I love about Holland, and especially Amsterdam, is the freedom that we have. I never really realised this until I left and came to America. We can do what we want there, you make your own decisions as far as what's good for you (examples: drinking, going to clubs), instead of the law making those decisions for you.
Question - You are fluent in Farsi and Dutch and learned to speak English at school. Which language do you think is hard to learn?
Mercedes - I don't think any language is hard to learn if yo have a feeling for it and are open to the country and the culture. I do think that for foreigners Dutch is a pretty hard language to learn.
Question - After high school you went on to study psychology, what part of this subject do you enjoy the most?
Mercedes - The part where you get confronted with yourself. It's really challenging, and you have to be strong to be able to face some of your own personal issues. I loved to learn more about psychology to be able to positively influence and help other people in their lives.
Question - You focused more on your modeling career and found photographers in America to support you. Will you be staying in America next year?
Mercedes - I hope so! It looks like it. America is a great country for it's opportunities.
Question - I see from your list of hobbies you love cooking! What is that special recipe you like?
Mercedes - Oh, I absolutely love Persian food! It's soooo great in taste! My favourite dish is Chicken with rice and dried red berries and baked peaches, you wouldn't believe the taste!
Question - You own a Chihuahua dog, how old is she and what is she like?
Mercedes - Oh, she is my princess! Her name is Lady, she is 11 years old. They say a dog's character is very significant as the owners character, and I believe that;s true. Lady is very intelligent, very sweet and loving, she is absolutely beautiful and knows exactly how to use her beauty to get what she wants (when she wants attention or a treat). I love her more than anything!
Question - Dancing is also one of your prime time hobbies, have you been taught professionally?
Mercedes - That's true, it's a great way of self expression. I haven't had any professional lessons, dancing is what I like to do from the heart.
Question - What was it like to win the Hawaiian Tropic Peagant?
Mercedes - Well, I won myself into the finals. I was honored. Unfortunately I had to fly back to Holland at that time so I couldn't make it to the finals. I guess we'll never kow what would've happened if I stayed...
Question - Have you considered acting?
Oh yes, I would love to become more involved in acting. I like to take one step at a time though, I am more active in modeling and in my fitness lifestyle and bodybuilding right now. I'm sure acting will come on my way sooner or later, I would love to be approached to get into acting.
Question - When did you fall into professional fitness modelling?
Mercedes - When I first came to America, 4 months ago. I started working with professional fitness photographers and realised how much I loved fitness modeling.
Question - What inspired you to become a bodybuilder?
Mercedes - The mental and physical challenge to be strong with my mind and my body to achieve the perfect fit and muscular body. I've seen pictures of women with beautiful fit and muscular bodies, and I believe that if they can do it, so can I.
Question - When did you start?
Mercedes - I started lifting weights 6 months ago, but with the traveling I did at the time (I stayed in different countries for longer periods of time) I didn't have the chance to stay on a tight workout schedule, until 2 months ago.
Question - What did you want to be when you were a child?
Mercedes - I wanted to be a princess, and other times I wanted to be a female action figure (talk about contradiction!)
Question - Have you been trained in any martial arts or fighting techniques?
Mercedes - Yes, when I was 8 I did Judo for two years.
Question - Is it hard helping people fall into a calculated diet and regime, does it ever frustrate you?
Mercedes - I'm not training anyone else yet, but to stay on a diet myself is not that hard. It feels good. It's hard to remember to eat every couple of hours and to find the appropiate food for what I want to eat when i'm away from home. Okey, I admit, at times it can be tempting to cheat..
Question - When your photos first appeard on the covers of magazines, were you a little overwhelmed?
Mercedes - I got started just a short while ago with professional fitness modeling, so I haven't appeared on the cover of magazines (yet!)
Question - You inspire millions to live a healthier lifestyle, do you find this a great responsibility?
Mercedes - If I would get at the point where I would inspire millions of people to live a healthier lifestyle, I would really do something with it to elp those people achieve their goals. It's a great responsibility.
Question - What supplements do you take?
Mercedes - Creatine, L-Glutamine, BCAA, protein powder, multivitamine
Question - Which ones do you recommend?
Mercedes - I recommend Cell-Tech from Muscletag Creatine, because it also contains other key nutrients which act synergistically to enhance the uptake of creatine into muscle cells. Prolab glutamine powder. L-Glutamine speeds up muscle recovery and increases strength and energy enhancement. Optimum BCAA. Branched Chain Amino Acids supports lean mass growth and prevents muscle breakdown.Nitrotech Chocolate Swirl protein powder, it tastes good and it's high quality protein, the key nutrient to build lean muscle. ISS Research Super Vitamin Pack multivitamins, because with the low variety of foods in your diet you need the multivitamins your body would miss out without these supplements.
Question - How many meals do you consume daily?
Mercedes - 6 meals a day
Question - What kind of foods do you eat?
Mercedes - chicken breast, turkey breast, tuna, salmon, eggwhites, oatmeal, romain salad, peanutbutter, fruit, unsalted nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds), flaxseed oil
Question - You must have a weakness, what is your cheat meal?
Mercedes - Ghirhardelli's Classic Hot Fudge Sundae!
Question - Which bodypart do you think is your worst?
Mercedes - Worst? I don't think of any bodypart to be bad, but I guess I would like to have more ripped abs.
Question - Which one is your best?
Mercedes - My legs and my glutes
Question - Do you cosume spicy food?
Mercedes - No
Question - Apparently this is great for boosting your metabolism?
Mercedes - Cardio
Question - How does alcohol effect muscle gain?
Mercedes - Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis in fast muscle fibers. Protein synthesis is essential for muscle growth and development. Protein synthesis is important for muscle recovery. Alcohol is also high in calories.
Question - What are your dreams and goals?
Mercedes - To achieve the goals that I set for myself. I want to become overall winner in a figure competition and to become an IFBB pro.
Question - Are you comfortable with being a "sex symbol"?
Mercedes - Yes, doesn't bother me.
Question - Can you do any gymnastic / fitness type moves?
Mercedes - I don't think so.
Question - What was the biggest challenge you have overcome?
Mercedes - In bodybuilding, this has yet to come.
Question - What advice will you give for someone wanting to take up bodybuilding?
Mercedes - Know what you are doing when you're lifting weights, you really don't want to do the exercises the wrong way. And get some help. There is so much you need to know about dieting, supplementation and the various exercises and their sets and reps. If you want to do it, do it right, and I recommend that you ask for some help if you're just getting started. It's better to take it slow and get help from the ones who can teach you what you need to know to reach your fullest potential.
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