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World’s strongest girl who lifted 320lbs aged 15 now unrecognisable as traveller

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A teen who was once dubbed the "world's strongest girl" and could bench press 320lbs aged just 15 is now unrecognisable as an Instagram influencer.

Russian Maryana Naumova competed in power-lifting competitions aged 15, stunning judges and competitors with her capabilities.

She began lifting when she was only ten years old, making a stunning break onto the weight-lifting scene.

The former powerlifter even competed in the Arnold Classic, hosted by actor and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Appearing at the tournament in 2015, she bench pressed 320lbs, a feat which earned her a hug from Arnie himself.

She also now holds the title of Master of Sport of Russia, International Class.

Now aged 22, Maryana has hung up her barbell and takes to social media where she looks very different.

Swapping out her blonde hair for brown, she now keeps her 32,000 followers updated with posts about her various travels.

Maryana also never let the tensions between her home country and the US get in her way, telling NBC News in 2015: “When going to America, I thought people would dislike me or avoid me.

"But it was nothing like that, people were coming over all the time, saying: ‘You from Russia? Cool!’”

But her powerlifting career was cut short in 2016, when she took part in the SSP Nutrition Pro Raw Bench competition, where she placed third after lifting 240lb.

However, she later tested positive in a drug test, and was disqualified from the competition and suspended from lifting for two years.

Her Instagram page now features pictures and videos of her posing at various picturesque spots around the world like many influencers.

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But the page also has her with some unusual props, including a motorcycle, an assault rifle, and even stood in the spotter position in a tank.

Another video from 2017 even shows the former powerlifter firing off an RPG, or rocket-propelled grenade.

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