Bianca Belair signed with WWE in 2016 to start her professional wrestling career after excelling in track and field and CrossFit. She made her main roster debut four years later. Since then, the 33-year-old has established herself as one of the top female competitors on the current roster. The WWE RAW Women’s Champion recently discussed making her own wrestling gear, explaining why it is a difficult task.
In an interview with On The Grind, Bianca revealed that she makes all of her ring gear herself. She claims that sewing boosts her mental health and that she sews all the time. Bianca also claimed proudly that creating her own gear helps her feel accomplished and confident.
I would say sewing really eases my mental health. I sew all the time. I sew and make all of my wrestling gear. And when I’m home, when I’m feeling nervous or anxious about an upcoming match, I like to sew. Puts me at ease, makes me feel accomplished. I mean, I’m like, I’m in the ring, sitting across my opponent, I’m like, ‘I made my gear, what did you do?’
WWE’s EST also revealed why creating wrestling gear is a difficult and tricky task. Bianca stated that no one can just put on an outfit and walk out there and wrestle because the whole thing will fall apart. She said that the fabric must be stretchy, durable, and functional, which makes it difficult.
You can’t just make an outfit and go out there and have a wrestling match because the whole thing will fall apart. The fabric has to be stretchy, it has to be durable, it has to be functional. It’s not just fashionable. I’ve had a couple of times when I’ve been scared. I’ve had to like sew my gear on me and we’re taping it, I’m taping it on my body. And sometimes I’ll put it on and I’ll do a couple jumping jacks and some squats, I’m like, ‘all right, I think it’s good. Let’s pray it holds up. (…) Let’s pray we never have a wardrobe malfunction.
Bianca Belair not only makes her own wrestling gear, but she also does her own makeup and hair before entering the ring. In the same interview, she said that she gets nervous before competing in front of a crowd. As a result, she enjoys doing her makeup and hair to keep herself occupied. She also sews her clothing in the locker room on occasion.
For me, on match day, I get very antsy. I get nervous, but I’ve learned to embrace that nervousness. I can’t sit still, so I don’t like to get my makeup done, I like to do my own makeup. I have to do something with my fingers. So, I do my own makeup, I do my own hair. Sometimes I’m actually seweing gear in the locker room, not necessarily because I need to, but because I just need to do something with my hands. It calms me. It’s like meditation for me.
As previously reported, Bianca opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder and, subsequently, bulimia in the same interview. Bianca shared how she ultimately recovered due to her strong will and determination. This demonstrates her flexibility and passion; we’ll have to wait and see how Bianca surprises us in the future. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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