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Darah Diaz Image Credit: Muscle & Fitness
Darah Diaz Image Credit: Muscle & Fitness

Damn, Darah!

IFBB Pro League bikini competitor Darah Diaz talks burgers, rocking the stage, and her desire to protect and serve.

Steve Mazzucchi

Who inspired you to compete?

My boyfriend was competing, and once I started going to the gym with him, people were saying, “You should compete, you look like you have the body to do it.” And I was just like, “OK!” I started in 2015, and I just loved it from the first time I stepped onstage.

In your first year as a pro, you’ve finished second in two big shows. Are you surprised how fast you’ve succeeded?

Yeah, but I was ready. I knew I brought my best, so I just hoped to be rewarded for it. It was more like excitement, not shock—everything I’ve worked hard for finally is being shown.

What’s your favorite body part to train?

I will always love doing shoulders and glutes. You want round shoulders and bigger glutes for bikini, so those are my focus areas

And what’s your go-to cheat food?

The LI Pulse CCB Burger—a chocolate candied bacon burger layered with crispy onions, white cheddar, and maple dipping sauce—at Dirty Burger in Plainview, NY. That place is a hidden gem.

How do you pump yourself up when you’re feeling unmotivated?

I listen to songs like “Don’t Give Up” by Morgan Page, “I Wanna Know” by RL Grime, and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Some­ body.” I’ll listen to them, and I’m, like,

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