Earlier this year, Alexa Bliss went public with her long battle with an eating disorder. She’s struggled with many aspects of that, including her appearance. That makes this particular line of work daunting, considering she’s in an industry that has long placed a premium on aesthetics.
WWE also strongly pushes its social presence. Add it all up and it means fans are freely commenting on every single aspect of the performer’s lives, from what they do to how they look. In her case, that could be particularly damaging.
She keeps a great attitude on it, however, as she explained on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia:
"I've fully accepted the fact that if I'm going to do a career like this, I have to be willing to take criticism, because it's a part of the job, you know? Any Instagram thing I post, someone's going to say something, I know that. Anything on Twitter, someone's going to judge whatever I do, whatever I say, whatever I look like, I understand that. But I also know that if I were to ever read into that and slip back into an eating disorder, my body will not survive another one. I've been told that multiple times with how my body reacts to it, I will not survive another one.
"If I'm a little more heavier, if I'm ever a little thicker, that's fine because that means I'm stronger. It means I'm not worried about not waking up in the morning, I'm not worried about the amount of calories I'm eating. There's so many more things to life to worry about than that. Like they say, 'An eating disorder will always be in the back of your head, you'll never get rid of it.' Once its there, its always there."
"Yeah, there's still foods I'm still afraid to. I'm terrified to eat certain foods, but I know that if I eat them, it's going to be okay. I'm going to get through it. I've been very aware with the fact that being in the public eye, being on TV, being cast on Total Divas, I'm setting myself out there for criticism, but I have to know in my heart, what I know is right."
Go Alexa Bliss.