Lina Fanene, formerly known as Nia Jax, opened up about the extra difficulties women face in the world of wrestling.
Life as a WWE Superstar isn’t easy, and out of pocket costs for things like wrestling gear and travel can add up quickly. However, speaking on the Wives of Wrestling podcast, the former Nia Jax opened up about the extra costs women have to deal with when it comes to hair, makeup, and outfits for runway appearances.
“And you know, for a woman in the industry, like there’s a lot of expenses that we have. Like we’re constantly like hair, makeup, gear, you know, we have events. Like we have come out of pocket with that, that’s all out of our pocket, like WWE doesn’t give a budget for like ‘Oh here you have to be on the red carpet and do this.’ Like it’s us like that’s coming out of my pocket.
“I remember like I had to do the upfronts and I had to do like the People’s Choice Awards. I had to do all these things and these are all out of my pocket, but you know the company takes it and they they plaster everywhere and they’re like, ‘Oh look at this,’ it’s like, ‘But that’s my money,’ and so anyways, I would make sure that I was very smart with what I do with my money just because I was like this could end tomorrow and I don’t want to be stuck here saying like I gave up eight years of my life and I have nothing to show for it.”
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