If you’re not familiar with Criminal Minds‘s FBI Technical Analyst, Penelope Garcia, now’s the time to meet her.
Best known for her portrayal of the character Penelope Garcia a technical analyst in the crime drama “Criminal Minds,” Kirsten Vangsness credits her co-star & a universal sex symbol, Shemar Moore for helping realize her “queerness.”
Engaged to a man now, the Los Angeles native, who identifies as bisexual, broke off her four-year-long engagement to her then-fiancee, Melanie Goldstein in 2013.
Kirsten Vangsness has appeared in several movies and TV series but her by far most famous role is that of Penelope Garcia, a technical analyst of the Behavioral Analysis Unit on Criminal Minds.
Criminal Minds is a series about an elite squad of FBI analysts that work on solving criminal investigations by studying criminal minds. The show features many well-known celebrities like Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, and A.J. Cook.
Kirsten Vangsness profile summary
Full name: Kirsten Simone Vangsness
Date of birth: July 7th, 1972
Age: 47 years old
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, U.S.A
Marital status: engaged to Keith Hanson (from 2015), dating Melanie Goldstein (2006–2013)
Nationality: American Height: 170 centimetres (5’7” feet)
Profession: Actress, writer
About kirsten vangsness
47 years old Kirsten Simone Vangsness was born on 7 July 1972, in Pasadena, California USA, of part-Norwegian descent, and is a writer and actress, best known from starring in the TV drama series “Criminal Minds”, playing the role of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia.
She reprised her role of Penelope Garcia in the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. However, despite the fame, her weight loss struggles have made a highlight in recent years.
Is Kirsten Vangsness married?
The Hollywood actress is believed to be ‘queer’, as she describes herself. For five years (2009-2013), Kirsten Vangsness was dating a former assistant editor on Fox’s 24, Melanie Goldstein. She even was her fiancée as they were about to get married.
Fiancée is a very fun word to say because I never thought I would have a fiancée or be a fiancée.
However, the couple didn’t walk down the aisle due to the absence of same-sex marriage at that time. And later, in 2013, Kirsten and Melanie called it quits due to an unknown reason.
In 2015, the Criminal Minds star madly fell for actor and writer, Keith Hanson, and the two got engaged. According to PEOPLE, Kirsten Vangsness was ready to “mush up” with him forever.
She candidly revealed in the 2015 interview:
He’s the perfect partner for me and I feel like we evolve. When you’re so into somebody and you get to just mush up next to them – that’s the best part of it.
Back then, the Hollywood actress revealed she was already preparing some things for the upcoming wedding, but it’s been four years, and there is no news about their marriage.
In 2016, Kirsten Vangsness said “love is messy” on Smashing Interviews Magazine. When she was asked about the wedding bells, the actress simply responded:
You know, I am the worst at the planning. There’s the question, “Will you marry me?” I answer, “Yes. I will do that.” I don’t know when it will happen, but I’ll give you an answer. We don’t have any plans in the works right now, but that’s alright because love is messy.
The Net Worth of Kirsten Vangsness
How rich is Kirsten Vangsness? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting.
She reprises her role of Penelope Garcia in the spin-off TV series “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”, and as she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
kirsten vangsness weight loss
Ever since she was a little kid Kirsten Vangsness was chubby. Photos from her childhood show that she was chubbier than most kids. Now she has featured on the cover of Curve magazine.
Now Vangsness’s bra size is 36E and she weighs around 150 pounds. Kirsten recently lost some weight and people are curious to know about Kirsten Vangsness weight loss procedure.
How did Kirsten Vangsness lose weight?
During the time, when Criminal Minds started, Kirsten was classified as being overweight, and throughout the years, she has been through weight gain and loss.
Once she surprised fans while appearing on the red carpet in 2014 at the 10th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards, with a significant transformation. People estimated that she dropped about 50 pounds. Also her fans wants to know Penelope Garcia’s weight loss secret.
When curious fans asked her the secret for the magical transformation within a short time, she didn’t get into too many details but Kirsten credits her weight loss to Renee Stephen’s custom Meal plan service mentioned in her podcast.
As mentioned by Kirsten, Renee Stephen’s custom meal plan service was designed to help men and women all over the world turn their lives around and take charge of their health and figure.
This program allows someone to create their very own keto diet plan based on their food preferences, daily activity levels, height, weight and target weight goals.
Throughout the years, Kirsten was able to bring down her weight from 200 to 150 lbs. Her fans believe that she looks fantastic and she is cleansed inside out and look beautiful as always.A typical weight loss goal followed by many people involves exercise and diet. There are also the occasional dietary supplements to speed up the process.
The reality is that weight loss can’t be achieve within a matter of days or weeks. It requires not only the right program but also some self-discipline and persistence to follow through. Kirsten Vangness was able to loss up to 50 lbs and also managed to keep it off throughout the years. So how did she do it?
For this Stephens, promotes a spiritual form of weight loss using yoga that includes learning to accept yourself & forgetting about buzzwords like willpower. Also it helps her to get better shape and better lifestyle. Vangsness found Stephens, who was once overweight, as a true inspiration to her.
Renee Stephens is a diet and weight-loss advisor. Her program is created for those who have tried everything to lose weight but nothing worked. She believes that changing your relationship with food is the key to changing your body. Much just like Kirsten, Renee used to be overweight but after knowing how changing one’s diet was beneficial, she managed to develop a system to help others that shared the same predicament as she has literally walked through her client’s shoes.
The TV star’s determination of shedding off unwanted pounds has paid off. She also took to Twitter to share that Renee’s books and podcasts and her weight loss supplements helped her out in weight loss of Kirsten Vangsness. It’s been estimated that she is now down to about 150 pounds from more than 200 pounds.
Fans have adored her transformation, saying that ‘she looks great’. She has also said that she’s been proud of her transformation. Currently, she has body measurements of approx. 41-35-40 inches. Her tall height of 5 feet 7 inches has complemented her voluptuous figure.
Nowadays Kirsten Vangsness is using weight loss supplements while continuing her spiritual connections to maintained her body weight these days. She goes on a meditation retreat from time to time and takes her pills twice every day. Being vegetarian for twenty years has also helped her..
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