Anna Watson is unlike any college cheerleader you'll ever see. Sure, she is tall and blonde, but she's also got muscles that most men would die for. She also had a modeling contract that most women would die for.
But she gave it all up.
According to the University of Georgia student newspaper Red and Black, about a year ago a modeling agent approached Watson and offered her a $75,000 contract to model high-end workout gear. There was one condition, though -- she would have to gain 50 pounds of pure muscle.
So Watson went to work, hitting the gym six days a week as well as the dining table several times a day, eating 3,000 calories a day.
But it wasn't working; In the first four months Watson had gained only 10 pounds.
She told the agent of her difficulties, and he suggested that Watson begin taking a legal steroid called Anavar. It would boost her right up.
“It was definitely something I was tempted with more than one time,” she said. “(The agent) made it sound as good as he could.”
In the end, Watson said she just couldn't do it.
“I don’t serve a modeling agent. I serve the Lord,” Watson said. “I’m not going to compromise my morals and my beliefs just to take pictures. I believe that my body is a temple and a beautiful creation, so I don’t want to put anything into it that can harm it."
It was also clear to Watson that the agent did not have her best interests at heart.
“Obviously, they just wanted to make money and they even told me that several times, ‘We just want to get you started so we can make money off of you,’ and I’m like, ‘I understand that, but I am a person.’”
Watson still works out, but not at the frenzied pace she used to. She said she is just more than a sculpted body.
“I know that my identity is not in working out,” Watson said. “It’s not who I am. It’s not what I want people to see me as. Yes, on the outside, I’m a very fit individual, but when you get to know me, my life is not all about exercise and working out. I think it’s really important to stay grounded and know who you are and knowing that shaping your bicep is not going to shape your personality. It’s not going to shape your goals in life.”