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Bianca Belair: Representation Is Not A Request, It’s A Requirement

WWE RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair discusses representation; she says she wants to represent her people and her culture, and she believes it’s important for WWE to showcase its diverse Black talent.

Speaking with Stephanie Holland of The Root, Belair emphasized the importance of representation and stated that she tries to be her full self in order to represent her culture and her people.

“I’m really big on just being yourself. I feel like I want to bring my full self to the table. I am a Black woman. I can’t hide that even if I wanted to and I definitely don’t want to. I want to show everyone out there that you are beautiful the way that you’re made and you don’t have to change yourself. You can show up exactly as you are and that’s simply enough,” she said. “I know what my role models did for me when I was a little girl…I saw myself in them and they showed me the possibilities. I’m where I am now because of them.

“Knowing that I can do that for someone else, and I can represent for my culture and for my people. They can see themselves in me, letting them know how much WWE is for us. We have a very diverse representation of Black people in WWE and I think it’s important to showcase that and give people something where they can see themselves, they can enjoy it, they can relate to it. Representation is not a request, it’s a requirement.”

Belair will defend the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 39.