IPL Amateur Bikini Athlete & Women’s Athletic Pro, Marissa Burns

“Everything happens for a reason. What’s meant for you will always be yours.”

Nickname Riss

Age 25

Height 5’2”

Ethnicity Italian and Puerto Rican

Relationship Status Single  

Name three music artists you’ve been listening to lately. Kevin Gates, Luke Combs/Blake Shelton, Post Malone.

Favorite Books/Magazines?

The Power Of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. The Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene. The Power by Rhonda Byrne.

Favorite Movies?

South Paw. The Proposal. Gosh…anything funny! I like to laugh.

What are some of your professional accomplishments? (modeling or otherwise)

Earning my IPL Pro Card in the Athletic division.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to for work? Did you get to party at all?

The coolest place I’ve traveled to for work would be Costa Rica. I feel like everyday was a party. We had so much fun!

Any advice for those looking to get into modeling?

Love all versions of yourself through the stages of the process. The version of you before you started, the versions of yourself along the journey to achieving the results you desire, the day you get to show off your work and most importantly the you after it’s all said and done.

What is the motto or mantra you try to live your life by? Everything happens for a reason. What’s meant for you will always be yours.

What keeps you busy?

Work, school, spontaneous adventures, traveling, working out, spending time with the people I love most. I just love life.

What is your view on tattoos?

I love tattoos! I think having the things that mean the most to you whether they be memories, art or the simple fact that it’s what means something to you on your body forever is epic. The creation that goes into them and the story behind them is beautiful. I do have three tattoos and yes I absolutely will be getting more!

What three clothing items can’t you live without?

Lulu lemon leggings, a fresh pair of Nikes or chucks and a cozy sweater because I’m always cold.

What is your dream job?

A Pediatric Nurse or a Child Psychologist. My passion is to bring love, life and impact into children’s lives.

What do you do to stay in shape, or are you just a genetic freak?

I am definitely not a genetic freak. I love boxing, hiking, running and lifting along with maintaining a macro based nutrition plan that I love. Executed together, this keeps me in shape all year round.

Are you interested in or ever tried any extreme sports?

Yes! Anything crazy, you can count me in. I have been bungee jumping and sky diving. I love snowboarding and I have zip lined upside down across one of the largest and highest zip lines in the world. I also love big game hunting out of state. My next crazy stop will be to cage dive with great whites.


  • Favorite Color: Sunset Coral.
  • Favorite Food: Depends on the day. But Pozole always has my heart.
  • Dream Car: A blacked out G Wagon.
  • Are you a fast or slow driver? Fast.  
  • Favorite part of your body? Booty, back and shoulders.
  • Favorite part of a man’s body? Back, lats and legs.
  • Bars, clubs, both, or none? I’m not much of a partier, but I can have a good time in either depending on the occasion.
  • Favorite beer, cocktail, and/or shot? Beer: Blackberry Bramble from a local brewery here in NorCal. Cocktail: Moscow Mule. Shot: Anything top shelf and smooth.
  • Favorite city/country to party in? Mexico was a pretty good time.


Are you excited about the release of this issue of VIGOROUS with you in it?

Yes, I am! Even more excited because I didn’t know I was going to be in it.

First thing that comes to mind when you hear

…“Donald Trump”: Gahh! I hate politics.

…”Winter”: Let’s go to the snow!

…”Spring”: It’s almost summer!

…”Sex”: Yes please!

…”Marijuana”: On occasion.

…”Social Media”: I love inspiring others!

What’s next for you?

To continue my own lifelong journey of self growth and doing all the things that set my soul on fire. I’m excited to be working towards my degree to help children, and really just embracing everything that comes along the way as the journey unfolds. As for fitness, I’m excited to make my debut at APEX and earn my Pro division status there.  

Anything else you would like to add?

I am grateful for this opportunity. 


IG @Rissaburns8 FB @Marissa Burns

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