Hope Howard is a true patriot: she served her country as a fighter jet mechanic with the Air Force and served a successful tour in Afghanistan, and now she’s blessing the eyes of her army of Instagram followers with her jaw-dropping bikini pics.
(Hit the right arrow to see more of this American treasure, courtesy of her Instagram page.)
Although Hope has wanted to be a model ever since she was a child, she made a decision that not many aspiring models make.
“At the age of 19 I was deployed to Afghanistan where I had an M-16 machine gun strapped to me pretty much 24/7,” she recalls on her website. “This was both the worst and best experience of my life because I did an immense amount of growing and began to see the world differently.”
Her time as a soldier instilled Hope with a singular appreciation for taking care of her body, so she began eating right and hitting the gym constantly. Within a few years, Hope transformed herself into an image of perfection and has now found success as a bikini competitor and personal trainer.
Despite her fame – Hope has 567,000 Instagram followers and counting – Hope remains humble and grateful for everything in her life.
“I don’t come from privilege and I know what it means to be poor but I’m not embarrassed about it,” she explains. “I’ve had to fight extremely hard to get to where I’m at and I have so much farther to go. You see, what I do is so much bigger than myself.”