Photo credit: Rudy Jefferson | IG: @photosbyrj
Photo credit: Rudy Jefferson | IG: @photosbyrj
Photo credit: Rudy Jefferson | IG: @photosbyrj
Photo credit: Rudy Jefferson | IG: @photosbyrj
Photo credit: Rudy Jefferson | IG: @photosbyrj

Meet the Four Friends Who Took the July Photo Contest by Storm!


This month, there's not just one winner of our July photo contest—there's four! Yup, a group of #SweatSisters teamed up for a BOMB flick that solidified their spot as the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT homepage pic for the month of July! Meet the four fit beauties below!


Alicia Edwards is a 29-year-old occuational therapist and personal trainer. The Darlington, South Carolina native lives by the quote "The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.”

Taylor Calamese is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Weight Management Specialist. The 29-year-old hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and stands by the words “You are the flame, not the moth. And your job is to burn with conviction.”

Shayla Holder is a 32-year-old Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Shayla is a Charleston, South Carolina native and her motto is “Your mind impacts your mood, your mood becomes your attitude, your attitude affects your altitude.”

Brittany Jenkins is a Social Influencer from Sumter, South Carolina. The 29-year-old lives by a bible verse from Matthew 6:27, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
#SweatSisters pictured from left to right: Shayla Holder, Taylor Calamese, Brittany Jenkins, and Alicia Edwards

Tell us how your winning photo came about?

Rudy Jefferson, the owner of Rudy Jefferson Photography,  had a vision and he brought it to life. He had an idea to bring us together and show the beauty in being black, taking care of your health and collaborating. It was truly a treat to have him behind the scenes providing creative direction and the energy was so positive. It was a fun shoot for sure!

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us.

"I was involved in athletics since the age of 12, and since then, I've discovered fitness was a way to empower women and make them feel good about themselves." - Taylor Calamese

"I've been active since six years old, starting with cheerleading. And fitness has become a way to motivate people not to get stuck on comparing themselves to others. My motto is, "Be your own goals!" - Alicia Edwards

"Originally, I didn't like working out and then I went to Zumba. From there, my journey has been about finding enjoyment through group fitness and using my platform to motivate women positively." - Brittany Jenkins

"I got introduced to working out back in 2008 through my college friend, Derron Flood. Life comes full circle because he now owns Fitness First Training Services in the Norfolk area. But he gave me a solid foundation to build from and sparked my desire to take better care of my body. From there, I fell in love with the process and helping women improve their quality of life through health and wellness." - Shayla Holder 

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout?

We all love bootcamp workouts.

While working out is important, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

We like protein bars with minimal ingredients and low sugar content as pre-workout fuel (Kind bars are a great option). And post-workout, we all refuel with a plant-based protein shake followed by a well-balanced meal. Vega and Garden of Life are two of our favorite protein powder brands. 


What is one item that is always in your gym bag?

Can’t hit the gym without our headphones!


What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

@rauvesuave, @kaisafit, and @massy.arias


What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? 

“I don’t like a man that’s too muscular. I love teddy bear men…tall & big!” - Taylor 

“I love doing twerk videos that never make it anywhere publicly lol.” - Alicia 

“I make my own remixes to songs all the time or I’ll burst out mid conversation, singing song lyrics that fit what we’re discussing. Of course I only do this with close friends; they’re used to it lol.” - Shayla 

“Before I hit the gym, I listen to 90’s R&B. It’s my calm before the storm.” - Brittany 


What are your top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

Build a legacy for my family and establish generational wealth for my children and their children. - Shayla

Start a non-profit organization to fight against childhood obesity. - Alicia

Travel the world and be a personal training consultant; teaching other trainers how to master their craft. - Taylor

Help change the way young girls view and use social media. - Brittany


Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

We have a few favorite brands: Tom’s, Dove and Alaffia. 


How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

We’re all on Instagram so please follow us there.


What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT is a community of women that represent us in the health and wellness space. Through the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT platform not only do we receive support and encouragement, but we also get educated on topics that help us evolve into our best selves.  It means a lot to see women of color across the nation uplift each other and make their health a priority. 

Wow! What an amazing group of #SweatSisters! Connect with the beauties on IG, and let us know in the comments what you think of this interview!


Olivia Marjorae is a rising junior at the illustrious Xavier University of Louisiana, studying Political Science with aspirations of becoming an Attorney. Olivia has a passion for journalism and creative writing, reading, and poetry. Olivia is a former member of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT CAU, and seeks to promote sisterhood and empowerment amongst other young women in all that she does.