WWE Superstar Nia Jax recently spoke to TODAY Style about being embarrassed with her backside while growing up, but how she has since embraced her curves. Jax often speaks about body positivity, and recollected her own struggles with her weight and how she finally realized that her curves make her unique.
"I'm inspired to post a lot of positive messages on my social media,because growing up I felt as though I needed somebody that looked like me in the limelight, or in entertainment to promote being different, and promote accepting your differences," Jax said.
Jax discussed recently posting a photo of herself in a bathing suit on social media. Jax noted that she was very nervous about posting it, but she ended up receiving great feedback for it.
"I remember I posted a picture of me in a bathing suit, and that was something that I was very nervous about," Jax said. "I was having a lot of issues with just a lot of social media trolls, people would try to make fun of my size and my weight to the WWE and what not.
"I just decided to go out there and post a picture of me in a bathing suit. I said, 'You know what? This is my body. I'm going to embrace it, and I'm going to show the world'. So I posted it on Instagram not thinking it would be that big of a deal, and I got such great feedback, and my fans, my close friends and family telling me how inspiring I was to them, and that they got more confidence in the fact that I went and showed basically one of my most vulnerable parts to the world."
You can watch the full interview in the video above.
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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