Say hello to the largest and most impactful PGS session thus far. On Sunday, June 29th, 2014, PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT brightened up the already magical and mega-sized 2014 BET Experience with pink shirts, ponytails, and a power-packed cardio kickboxing party hosted by celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, fashion designer/fitness enthusiast Angela Simmons and talented singer Jasmine Villegas. Teen girls from the Los Angeles area proudly gathered at the LA Convention Center to kick, punch, and dance their way towards a sweat and learn nutrition and fitness tips from each host.
Fitness instructor Jeanette Jenkins blasted through an exciting and compact calorie burning routine that was fueled by the latest pop hits. 300 young women, including teen girls from the JK Livin Foundation, were exposed to creative kickboxing moves throughout the high energy workout. “We were blown away by the magnitude of working out in such a massive space filled with positive energy,” says PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT / SWEAT MAKES CENTS founder Aeshia DeVore Branch. “The support of Jeanette Jenkins and BET has continued to prove that fitness can be tons of fun for teen girls.”
Mentors included three-time Olympic Track medalist/world's fastest woman Carmelita Jeter, singer/reality TV star Shanice, Film Producer Monica “Dollphace” Floyd, singer/actress Sabi, actress Jeanette Samano, FRUITION co-owner Samantha Jo Alonso, and celebrity fitness trainer Deanna Jefferson.
BET CEO Debra Lee, Teen stars actress Imani Hakim (The Gabby Douglas Story / Everybody Hates Chris), Disney actor Carlon Jeffery, and Atlantic recording artist Justine Skye as well as fitness trainer Nic B (@GetFitWithNic) and Zakia Blain of FBF Body also stopped by to support the “Sweat Sisterhood”. Take a look!
Special thanks to brand participants BET, Nike, CoverGirl, SkinnyPop Popcorn, 22 Days Nutrition, and Agadir; event producers Jeanette Jenkins, Jessica Emmanuel and Fanny Torres; and volunteers Antoinique Abraham, Branda Johnson, Cherie Ditcham, Christina Thomas, Isabella Boots, Darlynn Bailey, Jenay Meraz, Jennifer Sanchez, Jessie Ramos, Joy Hooper, Kiaran Kelly, Lea J. Medina, Malia Whack, Melissa Viloria, Michelle Carigma, Misti Whack, Octavia Dautartas, Porsche Thomas, Reina Hidalgo, and Tia Shipman.
PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT (PGS), founded by Aeshia DeVore Branch, launched in 2011 as a community-based fitness initiative and highlights non-traditional workouts, group activities, and delicious recipes for young women.
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Jeanette Jenkins is the President of The Hollywood Trainer, author, and producer of the internationally successful Hollywood Trainer DVD Collection with 17 DVD’s sold worldwide online and on her downloadable platform on TheHollywoodTrainer.com. Her List of Celebrity clientele includes Kelly Rowland, P!nk & Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nia Long, LL Cool J & wife Simone Smith, Terrence J and many more. Jeanette has over 24 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She studied Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has earned over 18 international certifications covering nutrition and various methods of training. Jeanette is a 13 year Nike Athlete & a featured trainer on the Nike Training Club App that reaches millions worldwide. She gives her time, money and support to many philanthropic organizations including: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, School on Wheels, The Samburu Project, The Somaly Mam Foundation, The Right to Play Organization, Women’s Sports Foundation and many more. Most importantly her mission is to help everyone find the athlete inside them and enjoy the benefits of healthy living!
Angela Simmons is the star of two hit MTV shows: “Run’s House,” which gave America an insider’s look at the lives of the first family of hip-hop, and “Daddy’s Girls,” which chronicles Angela and her older sister’s jet-setting bi-coastal lives as they navigate Hollywood and step out as role models for their millions of young fans. The daughter of legendary rap artist and pioneer Reverend Run of Run-DMC, and the break-out star of the first family of hip-hop, Angela has quickly established herself as a fashion powerhouse and entrepreneur in her own right. ANGELA I AM is a lifestyle brand that provides a platform for new and emerging talent in the fashion industries. Along with running a successful business, Angela, strives to inspire young adults to start their own business, too. In addition, Angela is committed to empowering and uplifting young people and has become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, visiting children in hospitals and providing them with hope and inspiration.
Jasmine Villegas, the multi-talented actress/singer who has amassed a huge teen following over the course of her career, has just signed with Interscope Records. The 20-year-old San Jose native’s rise to fame comes by way of not only featured roles on hit television shows, but through numerous nationally televised music performances. Her electrifying vocal ability earned her a spot on Justin Bieber’s 32-city My World Tour and impelled the subsequent success of her 2011 mixtape, “S(he) Be(lie)ve(d).” Aside from music, Villegas has had guest-starring roles on several shows, including, “That’s So Raven,” “My Wife and Kids,” and “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.” She has appeared in print advertisements for American Girl, Levi’s, Girl Scouts, and more. As well, she is involved in several non-profits including L.A.’s Best, Geffen Playhouse, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.