Bella Twins: “Growing up, we were always the feisty Latin girls”
One of the biggest criticisms among male-dominated sports is that women lose their femininity, but this isn’t the case for the Bella twins, Nicki and Brie, who have broken stereotypes while staying true to their Latino roots. The Bella twins have fought like champions, not just dated them, and they look like real women who are beautiful, athletic, and competitive.
“I think in the past so many girls would try to individually get themselves over and knock every other woman down, and it got the division nowhere. The minute [the women] united is when all of a sudden it exploded,” says Brie to Latina. “To see all the transformations…you feel like you conquered something. It’s empowering.”
“The first time I ever saw women wrestling, I immediately felt connected,” Brie says. “I thought, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do.’ ” Though she had never wrestled, she was convinced that this was her calling and persuaded her sister to join her during the 2006 WWE Diva Search. “We showed up and it literally looked like a line of go-go dancers,” Brie recalls.