Paraguay’s Leryn Franco first gained athletic notoriety competing nationally in the javelin throw and the triple jump in 1998.
While participating in the under-17 group, she broke national records in each sport.
She eventually chose the javelin as her area of expertise, winning a pair of bronze medals in 1999 and 2000 at the South American Junior Championships before walking away with top honors at the 2001 event.
In 2004, she won the national championship in the under-23 age group.
At the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Franco finished 21st in Group A and 42nd overall.
Four years later in Beijing, she didn’t fare much better, finishing 51st overall.
But it was in between her Olympic appearances, when she began to receive international recognition.
In 2006, she entered a pair of beauty competitions — the Miss Bikini Universe Pageant and the Miss Paraguay Pageant — where she finished in second place.
In 2007, her modeling career exploded after she appeared in her own calendar, that came from the lens of reputed photographer Martin Crespo.
Her javelin career is in serious doubt, but by all indications Franco remains a very well-sought after model.
"Modeling is a way for me to continue with my sport, the hours are flexible and you can earn good money through photographic modeling and the catwalk"
– Leryn Franco