Tecia Torres zaprezentowała bardzo wymowny wpis na swoim profilu na instagramie. Zawodniczka wspomina w nim o tym iż w dzieciństwie była wyśmiewana przez dzieci w klasie, była również krytykowana za „zbyt męską sylwetkę”, gdy dojrzała i zaczęła wchodzić w świat zawodowego sportu inne fighterki oskarżały ją o stosowanie dopingu. Teraz zawodniczka ma napisać artykuł dla Teen Vogue, który doda siły młodym, dorastającym dziewczynom, które są poniżane i krytykowane ponieważ są zbyt umięśnione, zbyt grube lub nie mają „wymarzonej” kobiecej sylwetki. Poniżej wspomniany wpis wraz ze zdjęciem z nowej sesji zdjęciowej zawodniczki oraz kilka innych fotek.
View this post on Instagram
Truth be told, for as long as I can remember I've struggled with my body image. Thanks to my parents I am naturally gifted with a muscular petite frame. Growing up I was on the sour end of bullying, to the point were girls in my middle school class would draw a "masculine muscular" looking women on the board, in an attempt to make fun of me. It worked. I felt alone and like my body was different. Looking back I was different. My young body was a product of my hard work. I've been a martial artist since age 5 and I've always been an athlete. During these years, adult woman would always stop my mom and ask what I did. They loved my body. I never could quite grasp why they would want my figure for their own. Fast forward to a Mixed Martial Arts career in the @ufc. The bullying began again with other adult women competitors speaking up as if they had known me my entire life or were apart of my daily activity. Because I am in such phenomenal shape I must me using some type of performance enhancing drug. On The Ultimate Fighter rumor had it I was throwing up. I've always found these comments so hilarious. I'm confident in saying I'm one of cleanest athletes in the sport. I'm very open about my straightedge lifestyle. On the opposite side of silly adult bullying I am grateful to live in a generation where strong is being seen as beautiful and little girls are growing up knowing their bodies were made beautifully no matter what shape, size, or color it is. It took me a long time to love my body image. What motivates me even more is knowing that I'm inspiring all sorts of people to pursue their dreams and create goals. You are my motivation, so thank you for that and for following my career and life whether it's during an up or a down. I love you. – Tecia P.S I'm going to be writing a first hand essay that will be published in @teenvogue similar to this. Look out for it in the next few months. XoKo ?: @ohrangutang ?: @cristinapilo