A U.S Army staff sergeant is making waves for balancing her life in uniform with her love of modelling.
Lista Marie Duwyenie-Hodges does it all. She may spend her days serving her country as a drill sergeant at Fort Sill, Okla., but in her off-time, the busy mother is not afraid to go glam in front of the cameras.
The 28-year-old Las Vegas, Nev. native has amassed more than 23,000 followers on Instagram, where she lets followers into her fitness routine, her life in the military and her work as a model.
In an Instagram post, SSG Duwyenie-Hodges writes that there’s a stereotype in the military that “pretty women” rely on their looks to succeed. However, when it comes to her career, she says that there’s nothing more important than sacrifice and determination.
“Being a drill sergeant has been the most prestigious assignment given to me,” she wrote. “I give my all to these trainees all day and night. Because one day I know they will go to war with my battles. I will not create mediocre Soldiers, because they are a resemblance of me [sic].”
Still, SSG Duwyenie-Hodges has aspirations outside of the army, namely a career as a model and one day, perhaps a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
While she works on growing her empire, the motivated drill sergeant is celebrating the graduation of her eighth cycle of recruits, and was recently voted the Drill Sergeant of the Cycle, an award given for her leadership skills.