The Women Of CrossFit

CrossFit Westport is actually just over the line, in Norwalk. But the no-frills, community-minded gym draws a corps of devotees from our town. They’re all ages, all abilities, all fitness levels — and both genders.

Recently, Westport photographer Irene Penny shot an ad campaign for sports bras there.

Irene Penny at work.

Irene Penny at work.

She wanted to create the polar opposite of the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. It featured a beautiful young model with her pants down.

“I look to celebrate images of real strength and beauty — be it a 48-year-old CrossFit athlete who is also a competitor, mother, entrepreneur and coach, or a sparkling moment on a Westport beach,” Irene says.

Her landscape photos — large scale, color-saturated, plexiglass-framed — are available at Lillian August.

Her fitness portraits are equally stunning. Ten large-scale prints of local athletes were featured in a solo exhibit last spring at Athleta on Main Street.

Amy Mandelbaum: owner and head coach of CrossFit, and a 4-time CrossFit Masters Games Athlete.

Amy Mandelbaum: owner and head coach of CrossFit, and a 4-time CrossFit Masters Games Athlete.

Irene — who started as a fashion assistant with Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair and allure magazines — launched her own career here in 2014. It’s now as strong — and in the same great shape — as the women she honors.

(Hat tip: Alli DiVincenzo)

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