WWE star Leah Van Dale, better known by her ring name Carmella, recently opened up about her pressure to maintain a particular physique in the professional wrestling industry. In a candid interview with Women’s Health, the athlete revealed that she often felt the need to have a six-pack and maintain a specific body shape to succeed in the industry.
Van Dale acknowledged that the wrestling industry places great emphasis on physical appearance and that maintaining a certain fitness level is essential to being a successful wrestler. However, she also noted that this pressure can be overwhelming at times and that it can be challenging to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and meeting the demands of the industry.
“As a wrestler, you need a specific physique,” Van Dale said. “You need to be athletic and toned and look a certain way to be successful. But at the same time, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have a six-pack or be the most ripped person in the room.”
Van Dale’s comments shed light on the intense physical demands of professional wrestlers and the often-unrealistic expectations placed on them to maintain a particular body shape. This pressure can be particularly challenging for women in the industry, who are often subject to greater scrutiny and judgment based on their appearance.
However, Van Dale’s message of self-acceptance and self-love is an important reminder that being healthy and fit doesn’t necessarily mean having a “perfect” body. It’s essential to prioritize overall health and well-being over achieving a particular look or body shape and focus on what makes you feel strong and confident in your skin.
In an industry that often values physical appearance above all else, Van Dale’s willingness to speak out about the pressure she’s faced is a powerful message to her fans and fellow athletes. By embracing her body and encouraging others to do the same, she’s setting an important example of self-love and acceptance in a world that often places unrealistic expectations on our bodies.