Leticia Cline – Ready For Takeoff
Photos by Paul Thatcher
Makeup, Hair & Wardrobe by Maraz
You don’t have to look any further than Leticia Cline to figure out July is the hottest month of the year. When the blonde firecracker isn’t heating up the pages of FIGHT!, you can find her rocketing through the air…seriously.
What’s on the agenda for your Fourth of July?
It definitely involves some sort of beach or water, drinking, and fireworks. I love to blow stuff up. It’s the one time of year you can explode things. I grew up in Kentucky, and we used to drive to the Tennessee line to buy all the big fireworks that were illegal. You can expect some fireworks from me on the Fourth.
What’s your beach beverage of choice?
Beer or whiskey. Nothing fruity or sweet. I’m really into ryes, too. My favorite is a Kentucky bourbon called Bulleit.
What’s the best thing about growing up in Kentucky?
I grew up in Cave City, outside of Mammoth Cave National Park, and I worked as a cave guide for years. I had access to all these secret caves, so we used to go down there and hang out in high school. Plus, we’ve got the University of Kentucky, where I went to college and studied psychology.
Have you put that degree to good use?
Only when I used to bartend. I liked to psychoanalyze the drinkers. Instead of psychology, I got into modeling and other stuff after college.
By other stuff, do you mean Maxim, Playboy, and now FIGHT! Magazine? That’s the Big Three.
Yeah [laughing], I’m really excited. I love MMA. I’m an adrenaline junkie. In fact, in 2006, I worked for Rio Heroes, the Vale Tudo league in Brazil. I did on-camera interviewing for them. After that, I worked in front of the camera for TNA Wrestling and Motocross. I’m used to lots of action.
What are you doing for your adrenaline rush these days?
I work for JETLEV, the water jet packs that rocket you into the air.
Yeah [laughing]. It’s a jet pack that shoots you 30 feet up using water pressure. I teach people how to fly them. I feel like a superhero when I do it. Cars come screeching to a halt when they see it. It’s the craziest thing.
How long do you think it would take you to teach me?
You’d be hovering in five minutes and flying a little bit in an hour or so. It’s fun to teach people, because they obviously have no reference point flying a jet pack, but I’d get you in the air in no time.
What’s your favorite extreme sport?
I love motorcycles and speed. I love the freedom of racing.
What about guys punching each other?
I’m into all that—wrestling, boxing, fighting. I watch MMA a few times a month. There’s a lot of crossover appeal with MMA, racing, and other extreme sports.
Who’s your favorite fighter?
Georges St-Pierre. I’m a sucker for a guy who speaks French. He’s the best. I was hooked after he beat the shit out of Jon Fitch.
How do you stay in shape?
I do a lot of core work, yoga, and weights. I hate cardio more than anything. I’d rather do anything than run—basketball, soccer, anything. I’m also a nut about eating organic. We grew a lot of our own food growing up, and I still like to have a garden when I have time.
What’s your food weakness?
Oh, definitely cheese. I can live off some cheese, without a doubt. Anything covered in cheese. I would put cheese on ice cream [laughing].
How many tattoos do you have?
Six. Ankle, right ear, right arm, left arm, and tramp stamp.
That’s only five.
Well, I actually have two tramp stamps [laughing]. I know, I know, very classy. I got them when I was young. I’m getting both of them lasered off right now, and it’s the worst pain in the world. I’ve had a compound fracture of the tibia, but the tattoo removal pain is insane. It burns so bad that it feels like what happened to Freddy Krueger’s face.
Are you gonna get any more tats?
One more in memory of my dad. He recently passed away. I want to get something to remember him by. It’s funny, growing up, people would knock on our door in the middle of the night for my dad to come give them a tattoo, and he would. But he stopped doing it when me and my sister were still little because he didn’t want to set a bad example. I guess it didn’t help.
Speed Round. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Both. I hate sleeping. I’m just not a cuddler. It’s a waste of time.
You don’t like lying in bed?
Nope. I don’t know how many relationships I’ve ruined because of it.
In a relationship or on the prowl?
How did he snag you?
He was a photographer [laughing].
Those guys get all the girls.
We actually met at an event—not on a shoot. All girls say they want a guy who makes them laugh, but I didn’t think that until I met him. He’s hysterical.
Any hidden talents?
I can play the clarinet and saxophone. I love jazz music.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
I’m about to start as a spokes model for No Limits Oil. I’ll be going to 15 events—conventions and races. Plus, I’m going to be flying my jet pack.