Who is Yanyah Milutinovic?
Yanyah Milutinovic was born on 26 July 1986 in Sweden, and is a fitness model as well as a bodybuilder, known from gaining a lot of popularity online through the social media website Instagram. She has been labelled by the tabloid newspaper “BLIC” as the Serbian Queen of Fitness.
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The Wealth of Yanyah Milutinovic
How rich is Yanyah Milutinovic? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is close to $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her online fame has led to numerous opportunities, including sponsorships which have increased her net worth. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Fitness Beginnings
There is almost no information about Yanyah’s family, and education. It is known that she grew up very close to her father, who is of Serbian-Montenegrin ancestry, and who would become her support and anchor through her early years of fitness. The two also stayed close as she started building her fame online, as well as winning numerous bodybuilding competitions. She has been athletic and sports-oriented from a young age, which has helped in developing her body early.
At the age of four she began playing soccer, and two years later, proved to be good enough to compete with the boys team. She continued her training and development until the age of 10, when she decided to enter martial arts, and train in karate. The martial art was created in Japan influenced by the Chinese martial art known as the Fujian White Crane. It uses striking including open hand techniques while also incorporating grappling, locks, and vital striking. According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are 50 million karate practitioners around the world. Yanyah would consistently train in the craft for the next few years, leading her to become an Open World Cup Champion at the age of 15.
Moving Away from Fitness
In 2008, Milutinovic moved to the US, and while she was physically active back in her hometown, a drastic change in environment led her to move away from her normal lifestyle. She felt alienated for many years and began indulging in alcohol. She had a very active nightlife which in turn lead her to lose her athletic touch. She also became a part of a relationship that degraded her mentally and emotionally.
She was a victim of domestic abuse for around four years, and that difficult period in the US built her determination. One day, she woke up and looked in the mirror, desiring to become as fit as she was once before. She immediately reconnected with her old trainers and father who would guide her towards returning to previous form. She decided to focus on bodybuilding, and after a few years, would start competing, leading her to win the 2016 NPC Steve Stone Metropolitan Figure D competition. During the same year, she also won the NPC Powerhouse Classic Figure D, increasing her fame and net worth.
While Yanyah was making waves in fitness circles and bodybuilding competitions, she never really caught any attention from the public. It was only when she created her account on Instagram that her fame started to skyrocket. The website is a photo and video sharing service owned by Facebook, and has become one of the most popular social networking services in the world, with over a billion users globally and around 500 million active users daily. One of the reasons for its success is due to how easy it is for users to organize and edit the content they upload. It is also easily integrated with other social media services, which helped built its fame.
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Eventually, she would gain over 200,000 followers on Instagram, which often showcased her physique, her workout routines, and exercises, which has led to a lot of online features. Her fame has helped her become a fitness model, doing modelling work for various companies. She is sponsored by the fitness company NEOU, which offers live and on demand classes which can help its users exercise at home. She is signed to Wilhelmina Models, and is also sponsored by Performix House, which is a gym and content studio often used by fitness models, and where she serves as a trainer.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Milutinovic was apparently married to an abusive husband, but is now married to fellow bodybuilder who is known only under the moniker dayslayerhimself online. He is a police officer and a martial arts blackbelt who also does online coaching. The couple have a child together and are often seen working together through various fitness programs. The couple often shares a lot of family photos and workout videos.
— Yanyah (@yanyahgotitmade) September 4, 2012
Similar to numerous fitness models and athletes, she maintains her online following through social media, specifically on Instagram. She posts a lot of personal photos, often the result of her workout programs. She also posts workout videos and a bit of her modelling work in her account. She also has a Facebook page though it is not as active as her Instagram account. She often posts similar content between the two, though provides a bit more information through her Facebook posts. Her fitness journey and achievements have led her to numerous online features, including those from reputed magazines. She’s been featured in publications such as “Men’s Journal”, and “SKYN Magazine”.