Lenda Murray was born in Detroit Michigan on February 22, 1962 and is a perfect example of what one can achieve with a combination of extremely gifted genetics and the iron will to succeed. Lenda later went on to become a bodybuilder and win the coveted Ms.Olympia title 8 times and setting another record.
Lenda was born to break records at high school, which was the Henry Ford high school where she set records in track and field sprinting events that lasted for years after she had left. She then went on to study political science at Michigan University.
She was the first African American to be selected as the homecoming queen in 1982 after being a successful and popular cheerleader for years. After she qualified she went on to be a cheerleader for the Michigan Panthers when she discovered bodybuilding and started training with weights.
Lenda was motivated by how quickly she was able to change the shape of her body and started entering a few local bodybuilding shows. But things changed fast and by 1989 she had earned her Pro-card, that enabled her to compete as a professional by winning the IFBB North American Championships.
Lenda Murray quickly became seen regularly in bodybuilding magazines and was photographed often. She was even featured in Bill Dobbins photography book called The Women and Modern Amazons. Competing regularly and always training to improve she won her first Ms.Olympia title in 1990.
Lenda ruled female bodybuilding in the decade of the 90ís because every year she would win the Ms. O by just getting better and better. She then went on to beat the six-time Ms.O champion Cory Everson by winning 8 times which would have been 10 if she did not come in 2nd place twice.
Lenda was the face of womenís bodybuilding appearing on the cover of popular magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Mademoiselle, and Vanity Fair. She became the standard by which female bodybuilders were to be judged.
After winning Ms.Olympia for six years in a row she was beaten into second place by Kim Chizevsky in 1996. She came back in 1997 and again took second place again to Kim and then decided to retire from professional bodybuilding. But Lenda was not finished as after 4 years of retirement she returned to win her 7th title as Ms.Olympia in 2002.
She did this again the next year coming back better than she had ever been before and winning her 8th Ms.Olympia title. Lenda continued to train and came back a year after that to place second to Iris Kyle in 2004 and decided to quit professional bodybuilding for the last time.
In the bodybuilding community she got the nickname Female Haney as she was not only African American like Haney but also won the Olympia 8 times like Haney and Coleman did. Lenda Murray was inducted into the prestigious IFBB Hall of Fame in 2010.
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