Bianca Belair has opened up about the importance of representation, particularly how integral the recent rise of Black talent reaching the summit of the industry can be for inspiring future generations.
“It is very important. You know, even with Sasha Banks and I main-eventing WrestleMania, making history, the first two Black females to main event WrestleMania. We go into these moments knowing that it’s huge accomplishments for us but, a lot of times, it’s so much more than just being about us. It’s about representation. And I always say, you know, representation shows you where you fit in the world, how big you can dream. Sometimes you don’t think that you can dream big and you see someone that’s doing it who looks like you and it broadens your mindset and you see how far you can go.”
Belair added that, for her, “inspiring people” is what it’s all about.
“Whenever we can do things that show representation and inspire people, the generation before us and a lot of times we say inspire the generation, you know, that’s behind us or younger than us. It’s not just inspiring kids, it’s people our age, adults, even our family members. They’re saying like, ‘Oh, we see you guys accomplishing things and we want to go accomplish things too. We know that we can do this, It’s never too late.’ And that’s the message. So any time that we can do anything that’s inspiring people, that’s what this is really all about.”
“No, we definitely are very conscious of that. Even in the locker room this weekend, because Becky Lynch and I have been main-eventing every single night. And you know, we were just talking about how, five years ago, not even just inside the women’s locker room, but just all of us backstage, talking about five years ago how to think about us main-eventing every single night of a UK tour or loop – it’s just amazing to know that this is where we are now, and women are main-eventing not just one time at WrestleMania or one time on a pay-per-view, but on a weekly basis now on SmackDown.”
“I’m just blessed to be in this position because there’s so many women that came before us, even even in the Divas era, they laid this foundation so that we can come through and now benefit off of that and be able to show that we are the main event and it’s not just because we’re females, but it’s because of our talent. It’s not even being questioned anymore. And I love the fact of, you know, the first are always celebrated and celebrated first. But now I love that it’s now becoming more and more normal. It’s the norm where people aren’t questioning it as much or even just celebrating it as much because it’s just the norm. You hear that the women are the main event and you’re just like, ‘Yeah, of course, you know, I love that feeling.”
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