The former plus size model of Samoan origin, Nia Jax admits that some people might find it hard to accept that she’s an athlete.
“This is who I am, I am never going to be a size zero,” Jax, who is 182cm tall and weighs 123kg, told Al Jazeera.
“Just because I’m a bigger girl, they might think I cannot do anything, but no. I can perform just as good as anybody else. I have no problem breaking stereotypes. And proving people wrong, it’s actually quite fun,” the 34-year-old added.
Nia Jax has become a part of history when she performs at World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) first ever women’s only special event, Evolution.
She decided to become a wrestler after seeing her cousin, WWE’s most famous product, The Rock compete live, Aljazeera reported.
He helped her get a try out, which led to a contract with WWE, and her stock rose quickly following her debut in 2015.
Professional wrestling is of course staged entertainment, and winning a championship is WWE’s way of rewarding excellent performances.