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    by Christian Duque
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    Just kidding. Thereís plenty to talk about, plenty of food for thought, and a look back in time is always fun. Who doesnít love looking back at the past Ė nostalgia is always epic. Itís the world of coulda, woulda, shoulda. Some of us have truly lived, others live in the past, and some live then, now, and into the future. DLB and, her husband, Rob Bailey paved the way and continue to make moves while on top. This isnít a story about one hit wonders or folks who used to be huge. These two are as active and successful today, as they were when they hit it big. Thereís a few key factors that led to their rise to the top and why today, in 2020, people keep hoping to see Dana return to the Womenís Physique stage Ė particularly the Arnold and Olympia. DLB was a different kind of fit star, her husband played a key role, and together, they owned their own businesses and set out their own journey.
    For years, particularly in the fitness industry, the women who made it biggest, were of the bikini / fit model look. It was about the beach body, bikini shoots, and letís be honest, pretty edgy content. We donít candy coat things here, so if that upsets you, youíre going to have to deal with it. This isnít Cookie Cutter News, this Iron Magazine. If we canít be blunt here, where can we?
    DLB was about the muscle, she pushed the natural approach, and she earned her fanfare because of her intensity and determination in the gym. She wasnít trying to be the next Barbie Doll, she didnít push the sex appeal (at least not directly), and she wasnít looking to be cute. This was an athlete who perspired, who struggled, whose hair and makeup didnít always look like she just stepped out of a Vidal Sassoon. She put time into her appearance and Iím not suggesting she looked like sheíd been through a war, but there were times where the workouts were that intense. Dana wasnít a tomboy, either, she wasnít a Barbie Doll, and she wasnít the stoic, emotionless gym goer, either. By simply being herself, she earned the respect of countless people. She loved training so much, she bought and ran a gym. She loved unique clothes, so she took scissors to her shirts and made them way more cool. When that no longer cut it, she made her own line. Her hairstyle was her own, her fashion sense was also her own. Weíre a country of individuals; however, our industry seems to look so uniform. Everyone wears certain clothes, in a certain way, in certain settings.
    DLB pushed against the tide. She made the Womenís Physique Division. I mean, she didnít create it, but her impact on it was so important, that I would say it put it on the map. The fact she was the first-ever WPD Ms. Olympia also played a very important role in ensuring great levels of interest from countless women in the new division. Her influence was key. When Womenís Physique first emerged, it basically did so from the ashes of Womenís Bodybuilding. The last thing women wanted to do was invest time, money, and effort into building physiques for a division that could just as easily have found itself on the ropes, in little to no time. The fact Dana chose this division, inspired a lot of other women to follow in her footsteps. That being said, when she left the division, taking a very long hiatus, the impact on WPD was also undeniable. In fact, thatís the understatement of the century.
    I donít want to oversimplify things. There was a lot that went into Danaís rise to the top, but just being herself was key. So many fitness stars are basically acting out a role created for them by consultants. Many of them buy their followings. They know itís only a question of time until theyíre exposed. Others are walking billboards. Everything they wear, from their footwear, clothes, and accessories, all belong to companies paying them to wear it. They swear by supps that may or may not work. They eat food that may or may not have the right macros or even taste good. Once the charade is over, you never see them again. Everything about DLB is real; therefore, her fame has only grown from the days when she rose to the top. Now, more than ever, the fans want DLB back on stage!

    Robís role is also very key. Dana and Rob are a team. Rob is an active member and leader within the empire. A huge part of his role includes being a supportive spouse. Thatís really huge and shouldnít be glossed over. A lot of competitors lack that. I have interviewed countless men and women, who are married or in committed relationships, but their significant others donít like them competing, donít support their decision, and many may not have come to a single event. Thatís very disheartening. To have a significant other actively along for the ride, is huge. Rob goes way beyond that, having a direct hand in everything; heís also a creative genius, enhancing everything from their gym to their clothing to most likely their public appearances and interactions with the media. If folks saw Rob, theyíd ask where DLB was. If folks saw DLB, theyíd ask where Rob was. Theyíre truly a team and thatís a huge factor in their success.
    I think the final piece to the puzzle is that they own all their businesses. No one who wants to retain creative control, who wants to strike it big, and who wants to remain active throughout their lives with a venture, can do so without owning it. Also, if getting rich is your goal, owning your business is key. If you want to create content, clothing, if you want to take products and/or services to market, owning your business is the way to go. Working for others makes you depend on them, it makes you vulnerable in that they can cut you loose at anytime, and they can totally change the direction youíd like to go in. No matter how much you work and how much youíre appreciated, you can be kicked to the curb, you can be betrayed, and you have to be ready for that. On the flip side, when you own your own business, thereís maybe times you work tirelessly and get paid nothing, but itís yours. You have to face the possibility of failure. You have to pay bills, take losses, and worry that some moves wonít render success. Itís definitely easier to work for others, but for those who take a chance, it sure is worth it. If DLB and Rob worked for someone else, if they didnít own the businesses they created Ė or Ė if they sold these businesses or took so many partners they lost the controlling stakes, who knows if theyíd be where they are today?
    Right now, as I write this article, thereís active threads on message boards, folks are ordering FNF clothing, and people are talking in gyms about DLB. Sheís really become the Kai Greene of her sport, like a myth and legend. So many people want to see her compete again. I think the kicker is, people donít even care if she wins or not. Itís bigger than that; however, athletes of Danaís caliber, wouldnít just compete for fun. Sheís a former WPD Olympia, after all, so sheíd have to come to win. I think she has a great shot, if she wanted it. What would it mean to you, to see DLB, back on stage!! What do you think it would do for WPD?
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    She and Rob have develop a huge business and was able to do it on their own.
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    Anyone familiar with Haddie Boydle?


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