I listened. Key highlights (not chronologically ordered)
Discusses what Black History Month means to her, and how she celebrates her culture and heritage
Lillian asks her whether she prefers ‘black’ or ‘African American’ as an identifier, to which Bianca says she has no preference
Born in East Knoxville, spent her uni years at University of South Carolina, Texas A&M, and University of Tennessee. Has 4 older siblings and a large, close knit family of 50 relatives.
Performed in front of her family at an NXT show, the same arena where she graduated.
Biggest struggle in her formative years was being poor. Grandmother bought her family their first house. Didn’t think much of it until she went to college.
Struggled with bulimia in her teens. Lillian was like, ‘Wow, you and me. Same thing!’ Spent only a year in USC for track before transferring to Texas A&M. At this point, she isolated herself from her circle. Prescribed antidepressants but went cold turkey and ended up in the hospital after taking a bottle of pills. Bianca says in retrospect, her overdose was a cry for attention rather than a decision to commit suicide. Spent under 24 hour surveillance at a psychiatric hospital.
Decided afterward to finish her semester at Texas A&M, but after flunking her classes, moved back to Knoxville with her family.
Continued track at the University of Tennessee after a yearlong hiatus, where she would graduate. Contemplated a professional career in running.
Her brother got her into CrossFit. This was where she began to love her body.
Became interested in WWE after watching Total Divas. Occasionally watched wrestling with her brother as a child.
Discovered by Mark Henry at a CrossFit competition. He booked her initial tryout match in March 2015.
Met her husband Montez Ford at NXT. They also devised her signature braid look together.