From: Brooklyn born – Atlanta raised
Currently Reside In: Lithonia, GA
Occupation: Fire Captain, Body builder, Wife and Mother of Two
Nationality: Father is Jamaican and Mother is Biracial
It’s often been said that a woman can do anything a man can do but how many women can actually say that they’ve exceeded the expectation? Halani Lobdell of Georgia can say she has and her story is one of true inspiration. Halani is currently the youngest fire captain in Dekalb County history, becoming captain at age 27. Aside from her demanding job, Halani is a wife and mother of two small children, and competes in national body building competitions. Halani is the first female iCandy for Kontrol Magazine and columnist Monique C. Tillman had a chance to pick Halani’s brain on issues regarding her personal life, her career and her day to day exploits.
MONIQUE: Who or what in life inspires you and how?
HALANI: I don’t want to sound full of myself or anything but I inspire myself. I think being in such a male dominated industry I have to constantly inspire myself ya know? I’m doing a job not many women can say that they have and I’m doing it in a way that allows me to keep my femininity. I’m doing a job most people only think a man is capable of doing so I’m definitely breaking the social norm a little bit.
MONIQUE: I don’t think saying you inspire yourself makes you seem arrogant at all. In fact, I applaud you for taking on such a tough job. Tell me, what would you say is the hardest part of what you do?
HALANI: Umm, I’d have to say time management. I have two small kids and they’re involved in different activities so at times it can be kind of difficult carving out time to do everything without spreading myself so thin. It’s like I have to make sure I’m present at my kids’ events, I’m at work supervising a bunch of people, I’ve got to come home and make sure the house is in tact while still making sure my husband is good and then if I’m in training for a competition, I’ve got to up the ante a little bit. So yeah, time management would definitely have to be the hardest part.