Monique Jones American bodybuilder who has been ranked in the top ten of the IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding rankings list. Her accomplishments as an IFBB pro include first place finishes at the North American Championships and the Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza.
Monique hasn’t experienced very much negativity in her career as a bodybuilding. Sure, there are the jerks and the haters everyone comes across on the Internet, but she has learned not to pay too much attention to them. “Being muscular can make it tough to find clothes that fit,” Monique says. “But most bodybuilders, female and male, run into the same problem. It’s a small price to pay.”
Monique says she was a natural athlete as a girl. Not big but strong and active. How did she discover weight training? “My father got a set of weights when I was about 13 years old. I started using them and felt an instant connection with this kind of training.”
Monique was just 15 when she joined a gym and started serious training. Again, this felt very natural to her and everyone could see her progress as her body began to respond. By age 18 she was not huge, but very muscular and defined. She wanted to enter a competition. But couldn’t decide between figure and bodybuilding. So in 2001 she entered both categories in an event.
And won both titles!
Monique then competed mostly in figure for the next few years with some good success. But as her body developed it became clear she looked more like a bodybuilder than a figure competitor and in 2008 Monique decided to concentrate on bodybuilding. And in 2010 she entered the IFBB North American Championships, took first in the heavyweight class, the overall and was awarded her pro card.
As a terrific bodybuilder and a beautiful woman as well, Monique Jones has accepted the fact that she will be noticed wherever she goes – and will often provoke fairly extreme reactions. “Most people I meet are very respectful and complimentary,” she explains. “Where most of the problems occur is online, such as with social networking. It is amazing how people can be negative, critical and cruel when they are posing anonymously on line. I have learned not to pay too much attention. Thankfully, the majority of online comments and post are positive and from real fans both of my and of bodybuilding for women.
2001 SNBF – 1st (overall)
2005 NPC South Carolina State – 1st (class C)
2005 NPC Excalibur – South Carolina – 1st (overall and tall)
2005 NPC Coastal USA Championships – 1st (class D)
2006 NPC Junior USA – 14th (class D)
2007 OCB Yorton Cup Nationals – 1st (short and overall)
2007 NPC East Coast Tournament of Champions – 4th (class A and masters)
2008 NPC USA Championships (figure C) – DNP 2008 NPC South Carolina State – 1st (HW and overall)
2008 NPC Nationals
2008 Junior Nationals – 2nd (HW) 2009 NPC Great Lakes Grand Prix – 2nd (masters); 3rd (class A)
2009 IFBB North American Championships – 3rd (· 2009 NPC Nationals – 3rd (HW)
2010 IFBB North American Championships– 1st (HW and overall)
2011 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships– 5th
2011 IFBB Ms. Olympia– 9th
2011 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions – 2nd
2012 IFBB Ms. International– 10th
2012 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions– 3rd
2012 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza – 1st
2012 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 7th
2013 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza – 1st
2013 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 8th
2014 IFBB Tampa Pro – 3rd
2015 IFBB Omaha Pro – 2nd
2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix World Championships– 13th
2018 IFBB WOS Romania Muscle Fest Pro Women’s Bodybuilding – 1st
2019 IFBB Rising Phoenix – 5th
2020 IFBB Rising Phoenix – 3rd
2020 Mr Olympia – 6th