Bella Parker

I AM ALFA because I take charge of my destiny like the way I did when I found out that I had a rare condition called Breast Implant Illness.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Hair and Make up By: Eleni Banakas

Born & Raised in North Vancouver, I relocated to Calgary in 2011. My Gramma raised us our whole lives to show respect, be kind, work hard and stay humble. After moving to Alberta, I started an Extension Company called Weave Life Inc and now am the Official Extensionist for Alberta’s 2020 Bodybuilding Shows. Currently I am a Competitive Bodybuilder with the Canadian Physique Alliance and believe that anything is possible to achieve or overcome if you put your mind to it. Empowered women empower women and that’s all I want to do moving forward!

​I AM ALFA BECAUSE I’m strong and independent myself but I believe that true strength lies in empowering others to believe in and become the best version of themselves.

What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you? Fitness taught me that through consistency and tiny steps you can cover long distances; maybe longer or harder distances than you ever thought possible. We have one life to live and by taking charge of our destiny, grinding it out at the gym day after day, we can achieve greatness, even if at the start we feel small.

When was the most alfa moment in your life, and why? This Summer I became very ill. After multiple hospital visits, and an 11 day stay, I found out that I had a rare condition called Breast Implant Illness. I thought I wasn’t going to make it, that I would never compete again, never get married or ever set foot in a gym. The truth is I gave up. Briefly.

I decided the moment I was out of the Hospital that that wouldn’t be my story. Through my immune system shutting down, I had dental surgery, then developed pneumonia and eventually a mild pericarditis. The first week back home I did 5 minutes of cardio out of breath. I kept telling myself I can do this and visualizing it. Then I did 10, 20, reached out to my coach.

That first day back at the gym I curled 5 pounds when I used to do 25’s only a few short months earlier. I cried. Not because I was ashamed but because I was damn proud.