Former WWE superstar Melina recently hosted a Periscope session in which she discussed the experience that she felt when nude photos of her were leaked onto the Internet without her consent.
Below are some of her comments regarding the incident:
On having her pictures put online without her consent:
“That was kind of a horrific experience in my life,” Melina said. “Because that was something very intimate that I was sharing with the love of my life. For somebody to steal that kind of stuff and put it out there. That was really horrible. That’s kind of the way it was comparable to my rape in a sense because it was violating.
“So the person who stole those pictures that I sent to someone I cared about and love, it was an intimate thing between two people who love each other. It was a horrible thing for someone to do. It was something that I needed to learn like I had to cope with, I just don’t want it to happen to anybody else. I’m thankful that I was able to overcome that like my mind was able to process that to be able to be okay with it. That’s a horrible thing too especially as a woman.
“When you get taught that your body and you as a sexual being needs to be clean and untainted. People always want women to be a virgin like untouched like they’ve never slept with anybody but the fact is that we are human. I wish I could only be with one person but then you break up, or they leave you, or life happens and you go separate ways. Women are humans, so when it comes to pictures like that, we’re seen as things and they took it and just threw it all over the place and it’s a horrific thing to do that to a human being like me who was brought up being taught with what I grew up with. Your body shouldn’t be looked at by anybody but your love.”
On her time in WWE:
“I wish I got to experience wrestling at a time when I could have done more,” Melina said. “But since everything happens for a reason, I did my part. I put my part out there and that’s great and I’m thankful for that. Of course, as a wrestler, we want to do all the things we dreamed of and to not be able to do that it’s kind of like, it hurt. But at the same time, it is what it is.
“As wrestlers, the fact that we even get into that ring, that’s the most incredible thing ever. You need to take pride in that, I’m grateful for the experience, for even being a part of the WWE. It was a thing that I didn’t think I would ever be able to do so I’m blessed to have gotten that opportunity especially before that time I was so shy.
“I wouldn’t have hired me. Like, I’m being real. I would not have hired me because I was very quiet. I was very shy and very timid. But because they gave me an opportunity, working there, it opened me up. It took a quiet, shy person and taught her how to be vocal and larger than life. To be everything, it taught me so many lessons, it was a great thing.”
[h/t to WrestlingInc. for the transcription]
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