WWE diva fashionista Alicia Fox will be among the WWE divas walking the runway at the WrestleMania Premier Party: A Celebration of Miami Art & Fashion on Thursday, March 29th on Star Island. The event, which benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/Alex’s Place and the Second Chance Program housed within the Center, goes along with the traditional art show. American record producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland and Stuart Miller are hosting the festivities, featuring artwork created by WWE superstars, divas and legends.
This is the first time adding a fashion show element to it with WWE divas modeling clothes designed by top South Florida designers, giving Fox a chance to return to her roots. The female grappler began her journey to the ring after WWE executive vice president of talent relations John Laurinaitis discovered her after spotting her in a fashion catalogue.
“I did a couple of things for Venus Swimwear in Jacksonville,” Fox said.
“I think at the time Kelly Kelly and I were doing it [modeling] together at age 17, 18. I think it was just an experiment for the company [WWE] to see if it was even possible to teach models how to wrestle.
“It was a great learning experience for the both of us because we could step out of our backyard and kind of grow into the world. I think neither Kelly nor I ever imagined being here. This is our sixth year. We didn’t know what was going to happen, but I don’t think we would have thought we would be here for six years already.”
Before she was contacted by WWE, the leggy Fox had her sights on going to school to become an ophthalmologist. A career as a WWE Diva wasn’t anything she thought about before receiving the phone call.
“I was going to be an eye surgeon, which is extremely funny now because I don’t like blood or science or anything like that,” Fox said.
“I don’t know what I was thinking. Now I feel more than blessed to still be in WWE and have this opportunity. It has been so far so good. I don’t want to go back to being an ophthalmologist or an eye surgeon or something like that.”
The brunette beauty exudes confidence when she sashays into the ring. She says her signature walk, complete with hands on waist, kind of started out as a joke.
“I thought maybe I would exaggerate my walk a little and see what happens,” Fox said.
“Then it became fun and a form of expression. I thought, ‘You know what. My music is hitting. It’s time to put some stank on it.’ Then it’s another way of pumping myself up for action. It helps relieve some nerves also. By the time I head to the ring I am loosened up and ready to go.”
Its Fox’s unique fashion choices that make her stand out amongst the other WWE divas.
“I love my fashion and anything to do with fashion,” Fox said.
“It doesn’t even have to be traditional. I like abstract dresses. Sometimes I will look at the magazines thinking, ‘How would it look if I put this top with this bottom or mix this with this?’ It’s fun because it gives me a chance to create too. I’m just inspired by everything and anything. Even if it’s just music I’m listening to or a vacation or feeling tropical or the location of our show. Miami has bright colors and fun and the beach. So in that case it’s thinking about being beachy and free. I also coordinate with the season or month it is.”
With a tall and built frame, finding the right outfit can sometimes be a challenge.
“I think the hardest challenge for me is trying to get my jeans,” Fox said.
“My inseam to my waist measurements are totally different. A lot of the dresses have the pre-cut cups. Those kinds of dresses I try to stay away from because they don’t really fit right. I feel like the measurement from the model they took it from and real life people are so off. I go to the store and go, ‘Do you have jeans? Yes. Do they come in long? No. Okay, have a nice day.’ I do a lot of online shopping and get it altered if I have to or alter it myself if it’s easy enough.
“That is kind of the best part for me about fashion is you can create what you want. Even if you find a dress you really like, you can add on to it with studs or cut it up or do this or that. It’s like a form of expression. I love it. I can talk about clothes all the time.”
Fox is looking forward to the fashion portion of the fundraiser. No matter who or what she is wearing.
“I am really excited because it’s also a charity event,” Fox said.
“It’s going to be great fun night with stars and divas. You get to dress up. We have the fashion and art show, but we also get to give back to the community. That is the perfect package of love: clothes and charity, all in one. Whatever it is, I hope it’s my personality, which is loud and crazy. I’m pretty versatile. I can do short or long. I would like it to be colorful. Anything that matches my hair would be good since its loud these days too.”
The WrestleMania festivities will also include the WWE Hall of Fame. Among the inductees in the 2012 class is Edge (Adam Copeland), who Fox worked with when she initially debuted on television.
“Working with Edge was amazing,” Fox said.
“When I was nervous he gave me great advice on keeping calm. He is just so smart to know where the cameras are, when to give and when to take back. It was such a great experience to work with him because I learned so much. He was the one there to say it’s cool if you give it your all, and we can tell you to take it back or do this without doing this. He helped me feel comfortable about losing myself in my character. I really don’t come from an acting background at all, where he is naturally charismatic like that. Especially when I was that age and extremely camera shy. I got to work with him and Vickie Guerrero and Hunter (Triple H), I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.
“It was my first go on the road, so sitting there working with Triple H and interact with him for the first time. Not knowing him and being professional, but still being a human being. It was something I was scared about, but not something to be frightened by at all. I couldn’t’ have asked for a better learning experience. I’m so happy Edge is being inducted this year.”
One of the most rewarding things about being a WWE diva for Fox is giving back in the community. The “be a STAR” (Show Tolerance And Respect), an anti-bullying alliance co-founded by WWE and the Creative Coalition. Fox will join former “American Idol” contestant James Durbin, WWE’s golden voice Lilian Garcia, superstar David Otunga, The Miz, Rey Mysterio and Dolphins’ mascot T.D. in visiting two Miami-Dade schools.
“It’s a great experience,” Fox said.
“I absolutely love this campaign because these kids are like sponges and soak up everything you say. I was a victim of bullying in elementary school and middle school. When you are younger the smallest things can mean so much. The, ‘Oh God, I’m going to die.’ As I got older, those kind of small stresses don’t matter. It became, ‘Why am I sweating the small stuff?’ From someone that has been there and grown out of it, I love sharing any kind of knowledge I can so they don’t have to feel trapped in their experience.
“When you are being bullied at that time you don’t know if you should tell your teachers. You don’t want to be a tattletale, but it’s not about being a tattletale. It’s about going to school in a healthy environment and that is the first step. I’m really honored to be a part of the campaign.”
Fox is ready for the WrestleMania festivities to get underway. She anticipates the big show, which includes Kelly Kelly and her celebrity partner Maria Menounos taking on Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.
“Kelly has been a sister to me forever and Maria I have respected her business mind and her go get it attitude,” Fox said, asked to choose a winner.
“I respect all the girls, but I think Kelly and Maria have such a strong influence on women everywhere. I think I’m going to be rooting for them because it’s about girl power.”
On The Rock versus John Cena showdown, Fox is siding with the CeNation.
“It’s hard to decide, but I would definitely have to go with Cena,” Fox said.
“He works hard. He trains hard. He is does it 24/7, 365. I’m rooting for him.”
- There is an online component for the art auction so WWE fans everywhere can get involved, purchasing WWE-themed art for a good cause. The auction features original WrestleMania-themed works of art from renowned artist Art Rotondo, as well as great moments in WWE history captured by WWE photographers and signed by WWE superstars and legends. Net proceeds from the online auction will also benefit children’s oncology care at the Sylvester Comprehensive Care Center at the University of Miami. The bidding is running now and closes at the end of WrestleMania Week on Monday, April 2 at 11 p.m. EST. Visit this link for details.
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