Sharon Bruneau

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Sharon Leigh Bruneau
Sharon Bruneau.jpg
Personal info
Born (1964-02-01) February 1, 1964 (age 57)
Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Professional career
  • 1991 IFBB North American Championships
ActiveRetired in 1995

Sharon Leigh Bruneau (born February 1, 1964) is a model and retired professional Canadian female bodybuilder and fitness competitor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Bruneau, a French-Canadian Métis,[2] was born in the mining city of Timmins, Ontario and says that her "...native heritage is of Cherokee blood,".[3] Few indigenous Canadian women are involved in sport and even fewer in female bodybuilding, which makes Sharon even more proud of her accomplishments.[4]


She began her career as a fashion model, at which she was successful until contracting a bad case of pneumonia, which caused her to lose a lot of weight. Soon after her recovery, she began training with weights to regain the weight she needed to get back to modelling. After achieving a somewhat toned build, she was rejected at model agencies for being oversized. She then decided to give up modeling and dedicate herself to bodybuilding. During her bodybuilding career Sharon had gained nearly 50 pounds, but then cut back when she changed to fitness competitions.[5] Bruneau was on the cover of Muscle & Fitness and Flex.[when?]

Weider Health and Fitness publications had taken Sharon on as one of their first ever signed female representatives from 1991-1998.[2]

Sharon Bruneau guest-posing at the 1992 Emerald Cup in Seattle

Sharon retired from bodybuilding competition after the 1994 Ms. Olympia contest, switching to fitness competition. After placing 11th out of 17 competitors in the 1995 Fitness Olympia, Sharon had noted that her low ranking was due to her muscularity.[6] In 1997, Ms. Fitness Olympia's judging procedure involved awarding points to the women with an overall toned body and marking down those who appeared "overly muscular".[6] Sharon can now be found inspiring people all over the world with her motivational workshops where she speaks about health and fitness.[4]

She has had minor roles in the movies: Tornado Run (1995), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Prey Harder (1996), and R.S.V.P. (2002). In 2007, she did minor stuntwork for the movie Smokin' Aces. Sharon was also offered a role in the movie Endangered Species (1982) to play a bad alien.[7] Around the 1980s and 1990s, many agents were recruiting body builders and wrestlers for sci-fi films.[7] This, in turn, offered a wider range in career possibilities for fitness and bodybuilding athletes.

Portrayal of Indigenous Heritage in Flex Magazine[edit]

Sharon Bruneau featured in Flex magazine showing off her muscular physique in tribal-like attire, with bones around her neck and a spear in her hands.[8] The caption associated with this image referenced Sharon stating, "I am particularly proud of my Native American heritage to which this photo pays homage."[8]

Contest history[edit]



  1. ^ "North Star: Sharon Bruneau". Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness. August 1992. p. 78.
  2. ^ a b Female Bodybuilding Legend and Fitness Model Sharon Bruneau
  3. ^ Sharon Bruneau – From Bodybuilder to Bombshell
  4. ^ a b Sharon Bruneau at Female Muscle Blog
  5. ^ University of Windsor
  6. ^ a b Fitness as cultural phenomenon. Volkwein-Caplan, Karin A. E., 1959-. Münster: Waxmann. 1998. p. 205. ISBN 3893255303. OCLC 40362778.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ a b ANGELA, NDALIANIS (1994). "Muscles, hybrids and new bad futures". hdl:11343/34937. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ a b Leslie., Heywood (1998). Bodymakers : a cultural anatomy of women's body building. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813524792. OCLC 37226907.

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