It's a Guy Thing

She’s the Total Package

with Kristen DeFranceschi / @krisdfit, @kristendefranceschi 

Photography by Alex Manfredini / @alexmanfredini

Hair and MUA Jody Du Priest / @jody.dupriest

Retouched / Edited by Luba 

When it comes to fitness, sports, and glamour Kristen D comes to mind as the total package. With a taste for luxury fast cars, good food, and a healthy lifestyle, we get to explore the force that is this incredible personality and stunning glamour model. From designer clothing to hardcore workouts join us this month as we get to know Kristen D.

Kristen, such an absolute honor to have you on the cover of FHM! We would love to get a bit of background on where it all began for you. Thank you. The pleasure is all mine to be a part of FHM and to do my best to represent all the great things that FHM stands for. As for me, it all began in New York City in 1973! I was an athlete from day one, and quite the “tom-boy”. If I wasn’t playing a sport, I was lifting weights or doing fitness tapes. I went to an all-girl prep school, and so I wasn’t preoccupied with boys – that came later on! I love everything about competing – preparing my mind and body for the event, the challenge of going up against another athlete whether it was on the tennis courts or the softball fields back then, and the inner competition to push myself to be stronger, quicker, and better than before. Competition still juices me up. Once I started working in “Special Markets” in the Marketing-Advertising arena, I quickly took to the luxury, beauty, and glamour markets. Everything from luxury watches to exotic automobiles to cosmetic surgery, the more glamourous and luxurious the better! I started working national tradeshows and events! All the while, I continued to play sports, train my body and oh yes, I love to wear bikinis. So, when I was asked to do a bikini photoshoot for a fitness supplement, I of course agreed, and my bikini model career exploded!

We are blown away by your drive and professionalism, can you tell us what some of the things that motivate you to stay on top of your game are? Thank you as those things are very important to me too. Nothing feels better to me than being fit – physically, mentally and spiritually – like the ways of the ancient Greek Goddesses. Being fit, happy and glamorous is a big part of my life and I do it because it makes me a better mother, wife, and person. Age is just a number to me, and I am determined to live a long healthy life!

Having an active lifestyle is something you pride yourself in, what are some of your favorite sports? Staying active is really part of my DNA. I play competitive tennis on both a country club team and a USTA team. I also play golf and I working towards team play in the future. All of you guys who are good golfers, send me your tips! I have also been skiing since I was 3 years old, and I love skiing out West! 

We love your Instagram pages, you’re incredibly happy and carefree in your posts, what do you like most about having a massive following and sharing your content? I live a very blessed life. I enjoy each day so why not share it! I am told often I motivate women to look their best and to live the life they want. I tend to be a rule follower, and I know there is a “time and place” for everything. But I also believe you have one life, and you must live it the way that you want and that makes you happy!  

Fitness and health are evidently important to you, can you tell us some of the things you do to stay fit and healthy? Fitness and health are a core part of my life and always have been. Almost every day I wake up early to train – I tend to enjoy all sorts of early morning activities. I attend a Versa Climber class and a Lagree Fitness Megaformer class at HILO House studio near my home. If you have not tried these, you should – they are killer tough, and these workouts have changed my body! I told you I love competing, so I recently participated in a “climb Mount Everest” challenge on the Versa Climber, and I reached the top days before the deadline! I am also fortunate to have an incredible home gym where my personal trainer comes twice a week to push me out of my comfort zone. I also do tennis aerobics at my country club! On top of this, no matter how hard one trains, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle is vital to making all of it work. It all ties together.

We can imagine given your massive following and stunning good looks you must have crazy DMs, what are some of the crazy requests you get asked in them? Funny you should ask. While I get hundreds of DMs and most of them are from men who are complimenting my looks, or asking to meet me, or to do photo or video shoots, I have had some that go far beyond that. An example would be the time I was pursued over many DMs by a persistent guy in the Middle East to move to his country for a few months, all expenses paid plus a sum of $100,000 a month, to “teach” his younger brother how to have relations with women. He argued that it was part of his culture and that he had been trained by a beautiful woman and that it was time to train his brother. As you might imagine, I remained in the USA. LOL.  

3 ultimate deal-breakers when it comes to men? Well, that is easy for me. Definite deal breakers for me are men who are not fit; I do not expect you to be a Greek God, but you will need to be fit to keep up with me. Another is laziness; you need to be active, have goals and work hard to achieve them to be my man. Third would be excessive rudeness; if you do not treat people right, we do not have much to talk about.

We know you’re an absolute foodie, what is your ultimate favorite type of food? I absolutely LOVE food! The New Yorker in me loves Pizza but my favorite plate has Filet Mignon (rare), Lobster Tail, and a baked potato!

Where would you say is your favorite place to be in the world and why? My favorite place in the world would be right here in the USA! I love to enjoy the Hamptons and the Delaware Beaches – places where I can relax on the beach or in the pool with friends and family and just unwind. I also love Lake Tahoe in the winter season for the skiing, hanging out in the hot tub under the stars, and all that follows!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? In the next 5 years I would LOVE to be even more Fit (as I push myself harder each day). Also, I am hoping to do more work IN PERSON and on social media as a spokesmodel for luxury products and goods! I would love to give TV a try too – maybe a reality show!

Where can our readers catch up with you and stay updated with your work? The best place to stay in touch with me is on my Instagram pages. If you DM me there, whether for a project you have in mind for me, or just to say “hello” I will be sure to get back to you. I will continue to post there a lot, sharing my life and adventures. I am also working on a project that will be dedicated to my fitness and glamour modeling as well as my luxury lifestyle promotions. Stay tuned on my Instagram pages for more on that. 

We are so happy to have gotten to know you a little bit! Any last words out there for our readers? The pleasure was all mine. I hope the readers have enjoyed this too. Last words — Live the life you want to, not everyone will understand, but they don’t need to! Bonus last words – Go Big… or Go Home!