El Paso bodybuilder Clarissa Marquez in Ms. Health & Fitness contest

An El Paso bodybuilder is vying for the cover of Ms. Health & Fitness and $20,000.

Clarissa Marquez, who teaches pole fitness at Fortitude Fitness gym and does roller derby, is currently in fourth place.

The Ms. Health & Fitness Competition is an online voting competition featuring thousands of active lifestyle models from all over the world. 

Marquez said she entered the contest at the suggestion of a friend who encourages her to be more active on social media.

“I take a lot of pride, not necessarily being fit for the aesthetic value of things but really just having exercise as something that is fun and important for me. And the reason I went for the magazine is that I’d like to think that I showcase that if you try, (it shows) the capacity your body really has to perform,” she said.

El Pasoans can support Marquez by voting online.

El Pasoan Clarissa Marquez is competing to be on the cover of "Muscle & Fitness." People can vote for her online.

The El Paso High English teacher said she got into bodybuilding about two years ago as a way to become more fit as a roller derby skater and pole instructor. She has been in roller derby for six years and is part of Las Diablas team and an all-star team, the El Paso Xicanas.

She has won more than 30 Most Valued Jammer awards in the Borderland Roller Derby Girls league.