She is also a self-made Internet sensation. She now wants to take her life in a new direction by becoming a ballroom dancer. Lauren Powers "Wonder Dog" Callie, an 8-year-old border collie, trips on her cape as she romps in the sand at Laguna Beach.
Lauren Powers has appeared on television game and feature shows. World-famous body builder Lauren Powers has given up her weights for the ballroom in hopes of making a name for herself on television's Dancing With the Stars show. She practices at Londance Studio in Laguna Niguel.
Lauren Powers practices ballroom dance steps with instructor Sean Brunell. She won five first-place awards at the Emerald Ball amateur competition last month in Los Angeles.
Lauren Powers of Aliso Viejo, shows off a baby picture taken when she was three months old. She was raised as an only child in Los Angeles. The Aliso Viejo woman says she attracts attention everywhere she goes. Pictures of Lauren Powers when she was crowned Ms. Muscle Beach in and when she was a firefighter in the late 90s. Lauren Powers shows off a dress deed by Randall Des and worn by Dancing with the Stars contestants.
Lauren Powers shows off a glass emerald she received for participating in the Emerald Ball competition in April. She wears a Randall Des dress that was worn by television's Dancing with the Stars contestants. Lauren Powers wears her "Muscle Goddess" image on the plates of her bright red Mercedes convertible with rhinestone bling. Lauren Powers' weight-lifting trophies line a shelf in her garage. She is retiring her muscular image for new dreams of becoming an acclaimed ballroom dancer. Although world-famous body builder Lauren Powers is shedding her muscular image for a new career in ballroom dancing, she still enjoys playing the role of Wonder Woman.
Oh, and killer legs that are practically taller than me. Over the years, the Aliso Viejo woman has slipped into many skins. Now, she is transforming herself again — from bulked-up bodybuilder to ballroom dancer. Lauren Powers was born Laurie MacDonald.
She had that rare combination Lauren powers naked book smarts and street smarts. Watching the flames lap at her town, she decided she wanted to be a firefighter. She enrolled in the academy and a few years later she was driving an engine, part-time, for the Laguna department. When it came time to test for a full-time firefighter position, she aced them all.
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Not enough upper body strength, the boys told her. When she walked into the settlement conference, after filing suit, the first thing she did was take off her jacket. She still has her firefighter certifications framed on a wall in her garage. But she looks at the bright side.
All ripped up and wearing a red, white and blue bikini top, she was spotted in the audience and called up to the stage for the Battle of the Biceps. As the crowd cheered, Laurie did 55 bicep curls with 55 pounds in 60 seconds, beating out 25 other girls. Soon the magazines got a hold of her and, at age of 40, there was a new body builder in town. The bigger she got, the more he she turned.
Goodbye Laurie MacDonald.
Hello Lauren Powers. At one point she could bench pounds. Her biceps were more than a foot around, by several inches. We stopped traffic. Restaurants would go silent. She remembers walking into one cafe in Rome with a female bodybuilder friend and the entire place stopped eating. The diners broke into applause. Of course not everyone appreciates a buff broad, particularly one riding around the OC on a Harley in a bikini top.
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I just want to be myself. Lauren had never danced a step in her life, but she knew she was about to reinvent herself yet again. My mind was trying to figure it out. Lauren told her she wanted to be a ballroom dancer.
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A year later, at the age of 47, Lauren has lost 30 pounds of muscle, ditched weight lifting for yoga and is cleaning up at major dance competitions. Last month, Lauren placed first in the amateurs division in the samba, rumba, cha cha and paso doble at the Emerald Ball in Los Angeles, one of the largest competitions in the country.
West is friends with professional dancers on the show and has put a bug in their ear. Jonathan Roberts, who danced on the show with Marie Osmond, choreographed her most recent routine. Contact the writer: or lbasheda ocregister. Show Caption. The all? More in News.