Fit-fluencers reveal their biggest female role models

Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan, Alexia Clark included!

By Jess Arrowsmith • 3 years ago • CELEBRITY, HEALTH & FITNESS

In celebration of the empowering, strong and influential contributions women have made in the way of breaking the mould, Triple White spoke to some of our favourite Fit-fluencers to find out which female role models helped them pave the way to success, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

From fitness guru Alexia Clark to SWEAT stars Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells and Chontel Duncan to leading health and fitness entrepreneurs Julie Stevanja and Pip Edwards, keep reading to discover who some of the biggest industry  game changers look up to and why.

Kayla Itsines

‘Growing up my biggest inspiration was my Mother. Her hard work ethic and the love she had for our family was something I always looked up to. Now, as I am about to embark on my own journey into motherhood I have developed a deeper level of appreciation for everything she did for us while growing up. I am also so lucky to be surrounded by my BBG community. There is something so powerful in watching women supporting women through their fitness journeys, building confidence and strength both mentally and physically. This community is what empowers and inspires me every day!’

Kelsey Wells

‘I look up to many women for so many different reasons, however this International Women’s Day I’m choosing to be my own inspiration — not because of some extraordinary achievement or because I am better than anyone. I am not. But simply, because the girl and woman I used to be fought so hard to become the woman I am and I will never stop working towards continually becoming a better me and striving to contribute to a better world. I want every single woman to understand that confidence is not conceited and self-love is not selfish. It is beautiful to band together as women in support of each other, but we must also find our own strength from within. And in turn, when we empower ourselves, we more freely empower those around us.

Chontel Duncan

‘One of my biggest inspirations is my friend Dimity. Dimity inspires me on so many levels; as a fitness expert, a mother, a wife, a business owner and as a friend. She uses health and fitness as a tool to assist her with all her responsibilities and despite her own personal battles and challenges, Dimity makes it a priority to always leave a positive impact on everyone’s lives. I value women like Dimity as I believe who she is, what she stands for and the example she sets for women, is empowering and incredibly inspiring. It’s relatable women like Dimity that make us all believe we can do anything we set our minds to and I can only hope that all women around the world are blessed to have a positive influence like Dimity.’

Stephanie Sanzo

‘One of my biggest inspirations is Oprah Winfrey. I have so much admiration for her courage and the example she has set for other women to turn their past experiences and struggles into fuel for their success. I have so much respect for her teachings today and am truly uplifted and encouraged by her each and every day.’

Sjana Earp

My biggest inspiration isn’t a single female, but rather females in general. Women who aren’t afraid to embrace their differences, celebrate their achievements and especially those who celebrate the achievements of others. Females empowering other females. That’s what inspires me.’



Alexia Clark

‘No one is you and that is your power. I believe that every woman’s role model should be their future self because I think that it is important to take steps each and every day to become the best version of yourself, rather than trying to be someone else.


Pip Edwards

‘I take cues from ALL the women around me, to be honest. The ones closest to me, all impact me and inspire me on a daily basis. Be it my mother, my business partner, my best friends, or my colleagues at work… I tend to surround myself with very strong, resilient, experienced and emotional women and I love it. I love workshopping life, work, and love with each and every one of them. I could not possibly highlight only one of these women. It’s a collective of amazing women, that continue to shape me every single day, and I thank them wholeheartedly.’


Julie Stevanja

‘My mum is one of the strongest, most resilient women I know. She had to work so hard to juggle raising four children while working nightshifts. No matter how hard things are, she always smiles and makes everything look easy.’


Roxy Jacenko

‘I don’t normally look to others for inspiration or as my role model. I tend to be very self-motivated in that regard and believe in the power of being your own inspiration to create the life you want to have.

‘That being said though, if considering businesswomen I find inspirational, I always think of Kris Jenner. Despite all the negative attention Kris Jenner gets in the press and the endless criticism she and the whole Kardashian family receives, she is never one to back down from a challenge.

‘Kris once said, “If somebody says no, you’re talking to the wrong person” and I couldn’t agree more. It’s so applicable to not just the PR industry but business and life in general. There is always a way to make it work; you just need to have the drive and perseverance to find that way and don’t stop until you exceed expectations. I find Kris’s drive, hustle and endless will to keep pushing for bigger and better, very inspirational.’


Katie Williams

‘My biggest inspiration is Halsey. She speaks her mind and doesn’t hold back, when she’s on stage she speaks about feminism, equality and being true to your authentic self. She pushes the limits, doesn’t hold back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s young, she’s bold and she’s talented.’


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