Fans Directly Inspired Nia Jax to Speak Up About Positive Body Image

Fans have a range of contrasting opinions on “The Immovable Force” that is Nia Jax. The RAW Superstar has been in hot water recently after costing SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch her bout against RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey back at Survivor Series, with the company seemingly going so far as to limit Jax’s in-ring moves. With that said, Jax still remains one of the most impactful Superstars WWE has.

Jax is beloved by fans around the world for her ability to give it everything she has got when she steps in the ring, despite not looking like the ‘typical’ WWE female Superstar. In contrast to every other female Superstar on the roster, Jax stands out- and she is proud of that. In fact, it was the fans that gave Jax the courage to continue promoting positive body image- which has ultimately won her numerous awards.

While on Impact Theory, Jax discussed how the fans helped her take the plunge into positivity, and what it was she did to turn all the negativity into positivity- something that fans around the world have seen themselves and adapted in their own lives.

One standout point made by Jax on Impact Theory was a selfie she took in a bathing suit after WrestleMania last year. In the post, which we have provided below, Jax goes into detail as to why it is such a fear for her to expose herself on the internet like that, and why it is powerful to do so. This post was extremely well received and was the catalyst to showcasing the impact Jax can have.

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Posting a picture of myself in a bathing suit is VERY hard for me. I have never been one to show off too much skin, and it's not just because I'm a larger woman. After this amazing #Wrestlemania weekend I had a chance to speak to a bunch of young women & men. Most, if not all of them, mentioned that my #BodyPositive mindset had helped them to be able to find confidence within themselves, which really touched me and even brought me to tears numerous times. Thankfully I have always had a family that has supported me and has always reminded me that my beauty comes from within, especially my mother. She constantly reminded me that "no matter how beautiful you are on the outside, if you're insides are ugly, that will be what everyone sees & feels." Don't get me wrong, there have been many occasions where I wished I could be thinner or have a different nose or hairline to fit in, but I realized that fitting in is not always as important as it seems; I realized that I love standing out in positive ways! • I love sending a message of self-confidence and getting to share that with people. Self-confidence also goes along with being healthy! I work out all the time, I eat healthy & try (emphasis on TRY) to get as much sleep as I can. There are obviously times where I love to pig out and enjoy myself, but I always make sure to never lose my focus on being healthy, because no matter what, your health is the number one most important thing in life. We aren't meant to look the same, but we are all meant to be healthy. We are all beautiful in different ways. Staying healthy adds to beauty. Even more importantly, it will increase your self-confidence. That's been my experience at least ?. #JaxJungle #NotLikeMost #PowerOfBeingYou

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Jax had the following to say, referencing this specific post:

“So what happened was I was at WrestleMania. We have this thing called Axxess, where we get a chance to meet fans face to face, and I didn’t realize the impact I was having at that point, and then a lot of fans were like ‘oh my gosh, you’re really going out there, and you don’t care what people think about you. You’re just doing it, and you’re really giving me [the] confidence to do what I want to do and wear things that I want to wear’ and I was like ‘wow!’ I didn’t really think what I was doing was affecting anyone like that, and then I sat back and I was like ‘oh my gosh. You know, if I’m going to sit here and willingly preach the fact that I do love my body and that I am positive, people should see that I do love myself in this form.’ Do you know what I mean?

“And that people should realize that we are a constant work of progress. That’s the beauty of life. You can completely change day to day. If you don’t like something about yourself, you can definitely change it. You know? You shouldn’t be so negative on who you are. You shouldn’t be so negative on who others are. You don’t know their journey. You don’t know what they’re going through.

“When I posted that, I wanted people to see like- I am happy with who I am, and it has been an insecurity of mine to show people me in a bathing suit, which a lot of people have. But me posting that and putting it out there and showing them that nobody can attack me- because I’m giving this to you. Like, you can’t attack me for…I’m being positive and showing you that this is my vulnerability. You can’t attack me anymore. Like that’s my strength.

“So I wanted people to see that. I didn’t realize it would get picked up like it did, which was amazing but I wanted them to be like ‘wow, ok. She’s really not allowing anybody and allowing things to get her down. Like, she’s living her best damn life.’ That’s what I was trying to get out there, that I want people to live their best damn life.”

She also addressed how she has managed to turn all the hatred in her life into positivity and beauty.

“It’s something that I was raised with. I’ve always been different. I’ve always been- you know. I look different, I was bigger. Whatever. It’s something that I’ve always been raised with my mom. Like she’s always said ‘stay true to yourself, no matter what. Beauty comes from within. Whatever people think of you on the outside has nothing to do with your beauty on the inside, and it shines way more than how you look,’ and so it’s just something I’ve been raised with and I’m true to myself. I feel like I just constantly live my truth and I’ve always said before [that] I’m very vulnerable- like I don’t hold anything back. I’m an open book, and so I find beauty in everybody. That’s what I love to do, like when I meet somebody I’ll like to find the beauty in everybody, regardless of what they look like, and I just feel like that’s something I live by.”

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