Get to Know Instagram Fitness Influencer Melissa Molinaro


Molinaro is Instagram Fire

Melissa Molinaro first caught the public’s attention for her resemblance to Mrs. Kanye West. In an E! News interview she said, “It’s extremely flattering. [Kim] is a beautiful woman. That’s an amazing compliment.” But Molinaro is no ‘Kardashian.’ Molinaro (whose real name is Melissa Smith) is a singer, actor, and fitness model who grew up in Canada. Plus, in our opinion, she’s hotter than Kim. Just look at her Instagram page (1.3 million followers). Let’s meet Melissa Molinaro, a true Instagram powerhouse while we celebrate the return of MoneyMaker Mondays.

Melissa Molinaro | Quby Photography

One-Time WAG

Molinaro and Kim Kardashian do look alike. But some people take the similarity too far. In 2011, former New Orleans Saints and Dolphins RB Reggie Bush dated Molinaro after his public breakup with Kardashian. Reggie and Kim dated for three years from 2007 to 2010. The ex-Trojan must have a type. But who can blame him? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Molinaro was a great WAG. Molinaro went viral after her appearance in Old Navy’s Super C.U.T.E. campaign. Who knew Reggie Bush shopped at Old Navy? The internet exploded thinking that Kim Kardashian signed an endorsement deal with the retailer. But psyche, it was Melissa all along.


Ready for her Close-Up

MTV’s Making the Band 3 in 2005. The show chronicled the making of ‘girl group’ Danity Kane. She was eliminated in Season’s 2 final episode. But, she didn’t give up on her singing ambitions. Molinaro competed in the CW’s Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll as well. She recorded an album and its first single, “Dance Floor,” got nearly five million views on YouTube. Then Hollywood called. She guest-starred on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. She also appeared on the big screen with fellow beauties Kat Graham and Audrina Patridge in the dance flick Honey 2.

Power Booty

Molinaro knows how to stay busy. She created a fitness program called “Power Booty.” The eight-week program is designed to build lean muscle mass while burning fat. Molinaro describes Power Booty as a high-intensity weight training program that will challenge all skill levels from beginners to advanced trainers. The exercises shape, tone, and build your booty as well as strengthen your legs and core. Plus, she’s become a fashion designer. Her clothing line MAE combines elegance, quality materials with a tailored fit. MAE debuted in 2013. Melissa, we wish you continued success. You’re a beautiful MoneyMaker, Instagram powerhouse, a legit boss, and #bodygoals. We encourage you to follow her on social media in a non-creepy way.