The booming world of Instagram modeling has thrown up several sub-specialties such as fashion models, lifestyle, and travel vlogging. Another popular trend on the platform is fitness modeling and one of those making waves in that particular area is Sommer Ray. Ray commenced her career as a bodybuilder back in the year 2011. She has since utilized the power of the internet to become one of the most popular and successful fitness models in the world. Unlike other fitness models out there who engage in cosmetic surgeries to achieve their looks, Ray’s physique is a result of sheer hard work and dedication. This has distinguished her from the rest and in 2016, she was named “Lovely Lady of the Day” by Sports Magazine.
Starting as a Body Builder in Colorado
Sommer Ray was born on the 25th of September 1996 in Denver, Colorado. She hails from a family of five comprising of her dad, her mom Shannon and two sisters, Skylyn and Savannah. Sommer grew up on her family’s ranch in the town of Larkspur and enjoyed an idyllic southern childhood filled with country jams, rodeos, and the likes.
She also took to serious physical exercises as both of her parents were fitness junkies and bodybuilders. This fact resulted in a sexy physique by the time she was just a teenager.
Having achieved her looks through hard work, the young lady had no qualms showing off her body in several sexy pictures. Many of her townspeople, however, slut-shamed her and it got so bad that she dropped out of high school. On dropping out of school, Sommer’s parents home-schooled her. They also helped her to rebuild her shattered confidence and before long, she started enrolling in several local bodybuilding competitions. She did well on the circuit and even acquired a nationwide reputation.
Sommer Ray’s Emergence as a Fitness Influencer
After a few years on the bodybuilding circuit, Sommer Ray became somewhat wary of the industry as many of her peers were resorting to steroids to maintain their looks. She, therefore, sought a way to get out of the circuit whilst still doing what she loved best. The perfect answer came in the form of Instagram and Sommer opened her account in the year 2015. She started by posting pictures of her hot body. She also took to sharing workout routines with her followers and her fan base quickly spiraled to about 40,000. Given the increased followership, Sommer Ray landed sponsorship deals with several brands in Colorado.
She subsequently moved out to Los Angeles in order to avail herself of the more lucrative opportunities there. Sommer is now one of the most popular fitness models on Instagram and has about 24 million followers on the platform. She has also spread her influence to other social media platforms and her success has been profiled by magazines such as Forbes and Cosmopolitan.
The Colorado native, however, remains calm-headed and is focused on expanding her horizons given that an Instagram modeling career has a short life span.
Her Financial Success on and off Instagram
With over 24 million Instagram followers, there is no doubt that Sommer Ray is indeed a very marketable personality who is capable of improving the visibility of any brand that she chooses to work with. That said, the Colorado native makes a handsome income from adverts and sponsorship deals. She has collaborated with several brands including the likes of swimwear company, Pretty Little Things. The exact worth of the deals is not known but the model charges as much as $26,000 per Instagram post.
Another lucrative source of income for Sommer is her entrepreneurial pursuits. The fitness model is also a savvy businesswoman and has founded a fitness app known as Evolve; it helps users to track calorie intake. She is also the owner of an activewear clothing line that carries items such as sneakers, fanny packs, pet hoodies, rompers, sports bra, leggings, cropped tank tops, and net t-shirts. The exact income from these enterprises is not known but it contributes a significant portion of Sommer’s overall net worth of $4 million.
The Love Life of Sommer Ray
Sommer’s love life has been a hot topic since she shot to fame in 2015 and the speculations are yet to abate. She reportedly dated American actor, The Young and The Restless star, Max Ehrich back in 2017. They later broke up and she found love again with a guy simply identified as Bennet. This particular relationship lasted for some months before ultimately ending in March 2018. Sommer is now in a budding romance with popular American rapper, Machine Gun Kelly.
Also known as the Blonde Don, Kelly is a native of Cleveland and commenced his career in 2006. He has since dropped about five studio albums and a host of hit songs. Sommer and Kelly were first spotted together in February 2020 following a joint trip to the Bahamas. The couple has since been photographed cozying up to each other at various locations, thus leaving no one in doubt as to the type of relationship they have.
How She Achieved Her Famous Derriere
Being a fitness model, one would expect Sommer Ray to have an enviable physique and she doesn’t disappoint. The Colorado native is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 52 kg. Her other body measurements (breast-waist-hips) are given as 32-24-38 inches and she boasts of hazel eyes coupled with her dirty blonde hair. A simple glance through Sommer’s Instagram feed would reveal the fact that her most famous asset is her derrière. The model boasts of a legendary butt that is all-natural without any implants or surgeries.
Meanwhile, Sommer owes her entire physique to good genes and a healthy diet. The model also relies on hard work in the gym to stay in shape. She exercises about 4-5 times each week and often starts with cardio. She then switches to regular gym machines such as squat racks, leg press, and abductors, to achieve her gorgeous looks. Sommer also eats as much as 70 grams of protein each day. She starts off her mornings with a protein shake and eats about six small meals for the remainder of the day.