Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week: Monica Kay

Click Here to Begin Slideshow This week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week is derby girl, yoga instructor and pole dance champion Monica Kay! TONYA KAY: Where did you grow up? MONICA KAY: I grew up in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. TONYA KAY: Of the autos you've owned, which has been your favorite? MONICA KAY: My favorite auto was a 1986 Isuzu Trooper! I loved its shape and practicality. It was a sad day when I had to give her up to settle a debt. TONYA KAY: What's the longest road trip you've ever been on? MONICA KAY: The longest road trip I ever had was not very fun but it did lead to the happiest days of my life. When I decided to move to Los Angeles, I drove all the way from New Orleans back in 2011. TONYA KAY: What inspired you to start teaching? MONICA KAY: I developed really bad asthma from (auto body) painting and discovered that yoga made me rely on my inhaler less. As I took more yoga classes, my breathing improved. I decided to switch to a job that made me healthy instead of unhealthy. Yoga and pole dance are similar in many ways and compliment each other, so of course teaching pole dance was part of my career change. I love when I see my students finally master a yoga pose or pole pose they have been practicing. Just as my teachers believed in me, I also believe in my students, and it's so important to have that faith in our human bodies. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we think. We thrive physically and mentally when we are challenged. The more I study yoga, the more I realize how important it is to really find the mind body connection. Pole fitness or any dancing can be very ego driven - sometimes at the cost of injury. Connecting the body to the mind protects us and also makes us stronger and even heal faster. At first, I was inspired to teach to heal myself - but now I am inspired to teach so others can heal themselves. TONYA KAY: How has being vegan affected your athleticism? MONICA KAY: I am not sure how a plant based diet affected my athleticism because I have no way to compare - before going vegan, I was not athletic. I can say that as a non-vegan, I was depressed and negative all the time. I was a lazy and rather hateful person that drowned my misery in drugs and alcohol. I was overweight and had really bad adult acne. When I went vegan, I happened to join roller derby which was the start of my athletic life and soon afterwards I started pole dancing. I eat all the time and I think most of the time I make healthy choices, but sometimes I eat very greasy fried fatty vegan junk foods, and I maintain my weight without even trying. TONYA KAY: What is your New Years resolution for 2019? MONICA KAY: In 2019 I resolve to journal more, floss more and eat less processed sugar. In this week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week photoshoot, Monica Kay is wearing Red Dolly Swimwear, posing with Gustavo Rojas’ (of Voodoo Disciples CC) 1951 Ford Custom Coupe, at Danien’s Auto Repair, photographed by Tim Hunter Photography, produced by Tonya Kay for Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show. The final photo also features Meggan Marie and Tonya Kay modeling!

Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week: Monica Kay

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This week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week is derby girl, yoga instructor and pole dance champion Monica Kay!


TONYA KAY: Where did you grow up?

MONICA KAY: I grew up in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.


TONYA KAY: Of the autos you've owned, which has been your favorite?

MONICA KAY: My favorite auto was a 1986 Isuzu Trooper! I loved its shape and practicality. It was a sad day when I had to give her up to settle a debt.


TONYA KAY: What's the longest road trip you've ever been on?

MONICA KAY: The longest road trip I ever had was not very fun but it did lead to the happiest days of my life. When I decided to move to Los Angeles, I drove all the way from New Orleans back in 2011.


TONYA KAY: What inspired you to start teaching?

MONICA KAY: I developed really bad asthma from (auto body) painting and discovered that yoga made me rely on my inhaler less. As I took more yoga classes, my breathing improved. I decided to switch to a job that made me healthy instead of unhealthy. Yoga and pole dance are similar in many ways and compliment each other, so of course teaching pole dance was part of my career change.

I love when I see my students finally master a yoga pose or pole pose they have been practicing. Just as my teachers believed in me, I also believe in my students, and it's so important to have that faith in our human bodies. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we think. We thrive physically and mentally when we are challenged.

The more I study yoga, the more I realize how important it is to really find the mind body connection. Pole fitness or any dancing can be very ego driven - sometimes at the cost of injury. Connecting the body to the mind protects us and also makes us stronger and even heal faster. At first, I was inspired to teach to heal myself - but now I am inspired to teach so others can heal themselves.


TONYA KAY: How has being vegan affected your athleticism?

MONICA KAY: I am not sure how a plant based diet affected my athleticism because I have no way to compare - before going vegan, I was not athletic. I can say that as a non-vegan, I was depressed and negative all the time. I was a lazy and rather hateful person that drowned my misery in drugs and alcohol. I was overweight and had really bad adult acne. When I went vegan, I happened to join roller derby which was the start of my athletic life and soon afterwards I started pole dancing. I eat all the time and I think most of the time I make healthy choices, but sometimes I eat very greasy fried fatty vegan junk foods, and I maintain my weight without even trying.


TONYA KAY: What is your New Years resolution for 2019?

MONICA KAY: In 2019 I resolve to journal more, floss more and eat less processed sugar.


In this week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week photoshoot, Monica Kay is wearing Red Dolly Swimwear, posing with Gustavo Rojas’ (of Voodoo Disciples CC) 1951 Ford Custom Coupe, at Danien’s Auto Repair, photographed by Tim Hunter Photography, produced by Tonya Kay for Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show. The final photo also features Meggan Marie and Tonya Kay modeling!

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Tonya Kay is a brutally elegant film actress, burlesque headliner, raw vegan renegade and producer of Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show and classic car cruise-in. You’ve seen her on Broadway (STOMP, De La Guarda) and in blockbuster films (Lone Ranger, Muppets Movie). Her pinup and modeling work has been published in magazines, calendars and comic books like Car Kulture Deluxe, DrivenWorld, Grease Inc, Superfly Auto, The SpeedGirls and Garage Latino. And her viscous classic hot rod, the Grape Space Coaster, is even more famous than she is standing out on Discovery’s "Sticker Shock," Speed TV’s "My Ride Rules" and music videos.

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