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I’m the January 2016 Health Magazine Cover Girl!
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December 23, 2015

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I’m the January 2016 Health Magazine Cover Girl!

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Ummmm what! Is this even real life right now!!?? HOW IS THIS HAPPENING.

Guys…I’m soooooo excited to share with you the cover for the January 2016 issue of HEALTH MAGAZINE! So dying right now because who would have thought this moment would be possible?

As a little girl, I grew up seeing images of beautiful, predominantly Caucasian pop stars and actresses on the covers of American beauty magazines. I rarely ever saw any other ethnicity unless you were Beyonce, Tyra Banks or someone of those ranks. It was just the norm, and like many others, I just saw it and accepted it.

But today, I am SO PROUD to be representing Asian Americans as the cover girl for Health Magazine! It means so much to me because even though it’s just a picture, it shows boundaries and stereotypes being broken. Not only do I not have to be a model, actress, or pop star to make a cover, I can be me, chase my dreams and be written about because of my achievements, not my looks.

Guys, keep working hard and doing WHATEVER it takes to make your dreams come true. I am telling you right now that everything is possible. Never give up. Be persistent. And most importantly, believe in yourself especially when no one else does.

Ahhh!

So the magazine is on stands Christmas Day. I just can’t wait to understand how it will feel looking at myself on a cover next to celebrities and models. It is definitely going to be a surreal feeling. A weird feeling indeed. I will snapchat the whole thing for sure! Follow me at Blogilates if you’re not already! Also, I have 6 whole pages inside the magazine talking about my story, what inspires me, why I feel pressured to look a certain way etc. + a fun total body POP Pilates workout for you guys! Oh and so many cool pics! SO MANY!!! Please please please go get the magazine and take a picture with it when you do! I will die if I see it!!! Like, die. If you want to read the story now (but without all the cool pics from the mag)…you can go to the website, health.com. K, ready for some behind the scenes?welcome

I shot the cover with James White. He is a celebrity photographer who has shot basically EVERYONE. From Taylor Swift to Khloe Kardashian to Caitlyn Jenner to Jillian Michaels just to name a few. So honored to be shot by James!

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Here are some shots from the computer screen that show every photo the photographer takes on his camera instantly. You wouldn’t believe it but there was like a crew of 20 people on set to make sure this one little me would have the perfect hair, makeup, lighting, wardrobe and whatever else it took to get that one cover shot.

I do want to tell you that the whole day was not stressful for me because I chose to mentally appreciate what was happening right then and there. I lived in the moment. I embraced how incredible, rare, and special this experience was. Who knows if this will ever happen again? So I cherished every moment and WORKED IT as best as I could. James was so wonderful in coaching me on how to model without smiling – which is very hard for me!! When I first tried “looking serious” I just looked like I had dead eyes. But we practiced and he told me to think fierce, to look with a purpose.

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After working with him, I can see why he’s an A-list photographer. He knows how to make his subject feel CONFIDENT and he knows how to help me bring my inner model out! He’s definitely one of my favorite photographers.

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Look familiar? Shooting for the cover! Really loved those shiny pants! They even had a matching shiny bra! My stylist Karen Shapiro wanted the cover to be very NEW YEAR so she chose metallics. Clearly, she knew what she was doing! She’s also one of the sweetest, most caring women ever. She made me feel so comfortable.

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The beauty squad! My manicurist Jenna Hipp, my makeup artist Mai Quynh, and my hair stylist Philip Carreon were so amazing! They work with the likes of Miley Cyrus and my fave Taylor Swift. So honored to be worked on by the same hands that touched Taylor!!! 🙂

So guys…I hope you enjoyed this BTS look at what it takes to get a cover shot. We spent from 8am to 6pm shooting with SEVERAL outfit changes. Had lunch in between and kept going. Then the next day I shot a bunch of videos with Health Magazine that you can find on their site!

I want to thank Health Magazine for putting me on the cover of their publication. Like I said above, we are breaking stereotypes with this photo and I couldn’t be more pleased. The staff there is also a joy to work with! And finally, thank YOU for being with me along this whole journey. From shooting vids in my bedroom to a magazine cover, my one piece of advice for you is this: never stop believing in yourself and keep following your passion. It’s going to work out just fine.

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  1. Jackie says:

    Safe

  2. Isabel says:

    Congratulations, just started your workout this January well mid-January but then realize I should start with your beginner’s calendar 2.0. Thanks for all those wonderful YouTube videos. Look forward to someday meeting….Love Ya!

  3. Samantha says:

    I love you Cassey! You’re such an inspiration to me and I admire you so much for what you’ve done, but most importantly, for who you are. I was so happy to see you on the cover of Health that I actually wrote about it on my blog (http://www.bellsora.com/2016/01/casey-ho-is-health-magazines-january.html) Stay awesome, Cassey! <3

  4. Kristina says:

    I’m sorry to say, but I had no idea who you were. But being a Filipino-American I was surprised at the grocery store last night to see a magazine with an Asian on the cover and so I bought it. I read your whole article and have now stayed up almost 2 hours past my bed time checking out your blog. You’ve definitely made a new fan here! Congrats on all your success!

  5. Fairyfeet says:

    Congratulations! So exciting for you. Not sure if that magazine is available in the UK, but if I come across it I will definitely grab a copy to support you. You are such a wonderful, energetic person who has brought so much to the world. I don’t usually leave gushy comments (this may be my first) but I think that you have really made a difference to a lot of people.

  6. Katarina says:

    Congrats! I have been working out with you from the beginning (5 or 6 years?), through my two pregnancies too, and… thank you. You know how to motivate. I do not workout every day, I do few videos 2 or 3 times a week just to stay fit, and mostly eat healthy food. My advice for those days you don’t like to workout, just start, it will carry you away… Happy New Year! Regards from Croatia.

  7. CRISTY says:

    CONGRATS CASSEY YOU DESERVE IT… KEEP IT UP..

  8. Natalie says:

    you are so beautiful, Cassey!!

  9. Ama says:

    CONGRATSSSSS!!! u deserve this cassey xD

  10. aliyah says:

    omg im so excited great job im going to buy it tomorrow morning. whooooooo

  11. Ella says:

    Great Job Cassey !!!!!!!!!!

  12. WOW! Congratulations! No one deserves to be on that cover more, and you look absolutely stunning.

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  13. Lisa says:

    Omg I saw it at Barnes and Noble and bought it right away (after buying, like, three other books lol)!

  14. Sarah Mudge says:

    Congrats on the cover Cassey!! 🙂

  15. Lin says:

    Waaaa congrats!!!! So amazing!!! You definitively deserve it!!

  16. Jessica says:

    You are amazing, and such an inspiration. Been watching and fallowing from the beginning. You totally disserve this, I’m so happy for you! Please don’t ever stop being YOU!

  17. Victoria Choi says:

    OMG I CANT BELIEVE YOU’RE ON THE COVER OF HEALTH MMAGAZINEALDKSFJDSLKAF JADSLFJDSL GURLLL CONGRATZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I love you so much and alkoaigl hgawkjfl ag I love the photos and bts stuff omg keep doing what youre doing and dont stop :DDDD you’re a blessing to everyone you meet!

  18. Jessica says:

    Congrats Cassey!!! Running to the grocery store in Canada to get a copy as soon as I can! <3

  19. Jeanna says:

    Cassey, I was so excited to see you on the cover of my magazine! I am a big fan of your videos; can’t wait to do the workout too. I liked all your answers to their questions in the article. And, you look amazing of course!!!

  20. Jay agana says:

    Yay! ????
    You desserve it casey! Good start of the year for you. ???

  21. Congratulations! You are doing life-changing work and couldn’t deserve it more! Thank you for making my workouts so much fun! 🙂

  22. Amber says:

    Congratulations! Wow, that’s amazing and inspiring! 😀

  23. Melie says:

    That’s amazing, congrats, felicitations!

    X,
    Bises from Paris,

    Mélie
    http://www.lubiejewelru.com

  24. Pat says:

    No one deserves it more than you Cassey! You are a wonderful role model and represent all the best, they are lucky to have you as their cover person.

  25. Lili says:

    Congrats!!! you deserve it!
    I wish you all the best for the new year to come!

    Love from France 😉

  26. Aisha Klcc says:

    Waah! I’m soooooo happy for you Cassey! You Totally deserve it! <3 <3
    ~From a very silent, lazy popilatee~ =P

  27. Massive congratulations to you! What a huge accomplishment, and how exciting! What a way to start the year. I recently stumbled upon your YouTube videos via Ingrid’s channel/your collaboration with her, and consider me a new fan!! LOVING your videos. I’ve been binge watching them. Best of luck with everything and can’t wait to check out the magazine!! xo Julie

  28. Haddy Jeng says:

    I am so PROUD of you Cassey for being able not only break stereotypes but to achieve that by just being yourself. You are such a role model to Mr and you’re basically one of the reasons why Im addicted to following the calendar. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey and I wish you well for the be year and all the amazing things you will achieve!!

  29. Jamie says:

    SQUEEEEEE!!!

  30. Rosie says:

    Hey Cassey! I am so proud of you, no matter what anyone says you keep going! You are awesome and I really enjoy watching your videos. I hope to one day become an instructor like you are now. It is amazing and I love helping people. At my job we are starting a challenge in January, I will be encouraging them to get healthier. I have lost 40 pounds and I would love to help people feel the way I feel. Thank you again for your hard effort.. You are very loved!

  31. Bárbara says:

    I’M SO PROUD OF YOU CASSEY! I cried when I saw your picture on the cover of that magazine, I swear. This means so much. I wish I could buy one of those here in Brazil! Lots of love and this is just the beginning! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  32. Eni says:

    OMG Congratulations Cassey!!!!I was so excited when I read the email OMG <3 You look amazing! I hope this is just the beginning and that you get to be a magazine star more often, you deserve it!You are a real inspiration to women around the world!
    And Merry Christmas! xoxo

  33. Swarnima says:

    That’s super awesome Cassey
    Congratulations… We love you…!

  34. Marsya says:

    Congrats for being on the over Cassie! Lucky for you. You totally deserves this <3 xo

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  35. Nicki says:

    So happy for you Cassey, you deserve every success that comes your way! I don’t know if I will be able to get hold of a copy where I live in the UK, but I will definitely look out for it. Happy Christmas and here’s to an amazing 2016?

  36. Jeanoelle says:

    Congratulations Cassey!
    It’s so awesome to know you, the best girlfriend a girl could wish for and that I hope to meet one day, are on the cover of a famous magazine! You embody positivity, self-love, creativity and have been such an inspiration to me in living my life. I’m so incredibly proud of you. Thank you so much for being so self-less, tireless and radiating love and good vibes in all that you do! 🙂 Happy happy New Year! I can’t wait to buy your magazine tomorrow! <3

  37. Phil says:

    Congrats Cassey! Thank you for encouraging us to follow our dreams!!!

  38. Lisa Domingo says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How awesome! I’ve been following you for a long time and you epitomize doing what you love! I almost didn’t recognize you without your MILLION DOLLAR Smile! =D Was it hard not to smile? I have that problem. Photographers can’t get a serious look out of me! =o) LOVE YOU! Congrats again!

  39. Rina says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and you look amazing in the cover pic! My country doesn’t sell Health magazine but I’m gonna go read the online article right away.

  40. Amy F;) says:

    AH! I just got mine in the mail! I cried!
    Congrats Cassie!
    I’m so happy for you 🙂
    Well done!

  41. julie r says:

    Congratulations and happy holidays ?!

  42. Dar says:

    Congrats Cassey! Thanks for inspiring Asian American women everywhere!

  43. Melody says:

    That is freakin’ awesome! Barriers were meant to be broken, and if anyone was going to do it, it would be you! ;->

    Keep up the great work and thanks for putting so much time and effort into what you do; may it come back to you a thousand-fold! Have a kick-butt 2016!

  44. Sarah says:

    So proud of you Cassey! You deserve every good thing coming your way. Thank you for everything and I hope you have a fabulous New Year. <3

  45. Beth says:

    OMG congrats! I’m Australian but we do get lots of magazines like US Health imported in so I’ll still totally keep an eye out for it! 😀

  46. Ania says:

    Cassey! It’s so great seeing you on a cover!!! You are amazing and than you, that you have still a lot time for us :* I hope, that my Christmas card had arrived to you, but let me again wish you all the best for this Christmas! My Jeses bless every your idea, and encourages you to not change who you are according to your growing popularity! All the best an Merry Christmas to your loved ones! 🙂

  47. Christina says:

    I’m so happy for you and proud of you! One of the reasons why I was drawn to your videos is because you are Asian American. You are, of course, so positive, cheerful, and create fun workout videos that I look forward to trying (I’ve been working through the Beginners 2.0 calendar and loving it). But as an Asian American myself, it means a lot to me to see you doing what you do in a workout world that is still quite homogeneous. I don’t typically but magazines off the rack, but I look forward to buying this one for what you represent. Thank you also for sharing your personal story about following your dreams despite resistance from parents who hold different understandings of success (I can relate). I wish you and your family the best. I’ve been wanting to get stronger and your videos have been helping me to enjoy getting there. I love how sore I get because I know that I’m getting stronger.

  48. Regina Howard says:

    How can i get rid of this big belly and flat but? Been exercising forever!.. Please help!!!

  49. Jeanette says:

    Congratulations!

  50. Stacy says:

    So cool! Congratulations!! I love your sparkly pants by the way, and my b-day is January 16th as well!

  51. Colleen says:

    This is awesome Cassey!! I can’t wait to check this magazine out. Thank you for all that you do in encouraging me on my fitness journey. 🙂

  52. Candy says:

    Hi Cassey,
    You will awesome. Can’t wait to get a copy of the magazine.
    Thank you.

  53. Anglena W. says:

    Congratulations, Cassey!! I am so happy for you and very pleased to hear you say you didn’t stress but just enjoyed the moment: that is very important to do and we often forget to allow ourselves that opportunity…you go, Girl! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for all the awesome videos you make for us to look and feel our best; you are such an inspiration. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and many more wonderful blessings in the days and years to come.

  54. ron says:

    congratulations!

  55. Candy says:

    Hi Cassey,
    You are awesome, we love you.
    Can’t wait to get a copy of the magazine.

  56. Rachel C says:

    Yay! That’s a great cover, and sounds like it was a great experience for you!
    Your blog and your videos are so motivational. Thanks so much for all you do!!

  57. Wooow Cassey!!! Congratulations on this big achievement and acknowledgement.
    You make me smile and feel great with your tips, you’re a real motivator and fun girl.
    Go Cassey!!!
    xoxo, lots of love and happy holidays!
    Valentina Ch. from sunny Italy

  58. Lisett Cruz says:

    I’m so happy for you Cassey CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  59. Wendy says:

    Amazing! Congrats! Where can i get those leggings!?
    ??

  60. Darlene says:

    What a special honor to be HEALTH magazine’s cover model for the new year!! Congratulations, you are so motivational in your videos and I truly enjoy them. Guess what, my birthday is January 16th too – so HAPPY early birthday 🙂
    Darlene

  61. menna says:

    i m new here but you really inspire me cassy you are so beautiful and amazing character

  62. Kara says:

    What a great way to end the 2015 year!!!!

  63. Sanne says:

    Wow!! Congrats!!
    I just “discovered” you and I think you’re totally awesome. You inspire me to keep my body healthy but also have fun in life and stay true to myself! You look amazing on the cover!!! Do you think they will sell it in The Netherlands?

  64. Lisa says:

    YOU DID IT!!! Wow, cassey, i am really freaking out right now! I’m so excited to see the progress you did over the past few years, cause I’ve been joining the blogilates – community for such a long time now and did such a great progress on myself all because oft your deep impact. Not only on the outside, what I think is most important to be mensioned! I really love you for everything I reached until now just because oft you! (and it is not stopping yet). You are one of the most inspiring and beautyful persons in the world. I will be forever grateful for what I’ve learned from you and your Motivation! You might hear it often and maybe it’s nothing special to you anymore, but I have to tell you: THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!! Thank you for being there for everyone who is searching for Hold and Motivation. For teaching the world a little more about inner beauty and how to express it on the Outside. Thats what you do. It is something we all need. We need to learn to love ourselfs and be the best version of that. Congratulation to your georgous way you are walking right now. And thanks for letting us be a part of that. Its making me proud and happy. Like having a friend and meeting him always on YouTube!
    Yours Lisa

  65. Inge Selawry says:

    Your look to the camera says it all. “I can do this. Therefore you can too.” Well done, Cassey!

  66. Alina says:

    Congratulations, dear Cassey!!! So happy for you! I’ve been following your journey for so much time now that it feels like I know you! You are a true inspiration! Your words “Believe in yourself” are exactly what I need right now. I feel lost at the moment, but I know that I am going to get through it and make my dreams come true if I work hard enough. Thank you for being so awesome!!! xoxoxo

  67. Anna says:

    Wow! I am so excited for you! I am an Asian American teenager, I understand how that community is very underrepresented. I am sooooo happy for you, you continue to be an inspiration for me! CONGRATULATIONS on breaking boundaries and creating new standards. Continue doing amazing things! You have worked so hard for this and you look stunning on the cover! YAYYY!

  68. Ti says:

    Congrats Cassey! You look awesome as always!

  69. Cassie says:

    Congratulations Cassey! I am so happy for you–as a Vietnamese woman who also loves fitness, it’s such an honor to have you represent our community! I cannot wait to buy this magazine when it hits the stands!

  70. Kari says:

    Congrats Cassey! You are such a great motivation and it’s wonderful you are on the cover!

  71. Philia says:

    CONGRATULATIONS AAAAAAH! When I saw the cover I was speechless, you look gorgeous. I need the issue. Now.

  72. Linna says:

    Congratulations, Cassie! I am a huge fan of you and blogilates and thank you for inspiring us every day. It is amazing that you are the cover model of Health and that you are representing Asians in fitness. Best wishes for continued success in the new year!

  73. Suzanne G says:

    Congratulations Cassey. I can not wait till it hits the stands. I really enjoy your youtube videos and know how much work you must put into Blogilates. You also are so bubbly while doing your workouts which really helps inspire me.

  74. Jeanie says:

    also, I LOVE your hair like that!!!

  75. Jeanie says:

    YES!!!!! So psyched for you and this makes me even happier to be a subscriber of Health magazine! I am doing an inner happy dance for you, girl!

  76. Chloe says:

    Happy Christmas!!!!! Congratulations Cassey you deserve this so much! You work so hard and i really really admire you! Have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year! Blogilates has made me a happier healthier stronger person and i really love all the workouts.

  77. Nadine says:

    Congratulations, Cassey! I’m so in love with the fact that you represent both fitness and Asian American community and the cover shoot is just incredible! Love you!

  78. Chelsea says:

    Congrats on the cover! Seriously love the glam gear and look forward to reading it.

  79. amy says:

    OH EM G! Congratulations!!! <3 <3 <3
    I LOVE IT!

  80. AHH! Congrats Cassey!!! Can’t wait to see the issue in January!!

  81. Liz says:

    Congratulations! That is such an exciting achievement!

    xo, Liz
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  82. Marilyn says:

    Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!!
    You look awesome.

  83. Nina says:

    Cassey!! When I saw this, I freaked out, told my mom and my dog! Haha you are amazing! Congratulations! I am surprised at ALL that this happened to you. Rephrase, that YOU made this happen for yourself! You are so relatable to so many girls and women just like me! In college, it has been so hard to stay healthy. I’m on winter break, trying to get back to my yoga practice, blogilates workout and healthy eating. Seeing this right now… Makes me understand that doing this for myself is more than just about my body. I knew that, but it’s reaffirmed. Thanks Cassey. Can’t wait to watch it all happen on snapchat! 😀 Now, let me go print out that December calendar!

    1. blogilates says:

      You told your dog! I LOVE IT!!!!

      1. chrysline says:

        is that cassey or someone who just put their name as blogilates? haha

  84. Lizette says:

    Wow! Congratulations! That’s a big deal. You’ve worked so hard and it makes me happy to see how far you’ve come! Much success to you, have a great day 🙂 I’ve let myself go so today I made a decision to get back on track, wish me luck haha. I’m going to need it ^^

  85. That’s awesome! Congrats on the cover and I will be looking for the magazine when it comes out!

    -Kaitlynn

  86. Ngun says:

    Congrats Cassey!?? I am so happy for you ? You look awesome and amazing on the cover ???

  87. Liz S. says:

    MAJOR congratulations, Cassey! Can’t wait to receive the January issue in the mail.

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