Jordynne Grace wants to share a message of body positivity.
Jordynne Grace recently added gold to her wardrobe with the addition of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship that she won alongside Rachael Ellering at IMPACT Rebellion. However, outside the ring, she is speaking out about the importance of body positivity and beauty at every size.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Jordynne Grace, whose real name is Trisha Parker, spoke about the importance of a recent photo project which took place during WrestleMania weekend featuring herself in 10 other wrestlers displaying a wide array of body types to show that professional wrestlers don't all have one particular look.
For Grace, it was very important to keep the spirits high and continue to hype up those that were involved in the photoshoot.
“Obviously you’re in your bra and underwear and kind of baring it all, so I tried to hype everyone up and make everyone as comfortable as possible,” says Parker, who also put thought into the refreshments she provided. “I had a cookie platter catered of custom art cookies with positive body affirmations. When you eat a message, you absorb it in a way, so that was just a small gift to the models.”
There was one man involved in the picture. Although the project was originally intended to be a women's wrestling photoshoot, Dillion McQueen asked to be a part of the shoot, and because Grace has seen him struggle with body issues as well, welcomed him aboard.
“This was originally supposed to be an all-women photoshoot, but I’ve seen Dillon do a 180 with his body,” Parker says. “He’s suffered from body image issues his whole life, so when he asked me to be part of it, he was welcomed. There are so many different shapes and sizes for men in wrestling. There are guys shaped like beer kegs. People still think there is a certain way for a woman to look in professional wrestling.”
She continued, “It really bothers me when so many people comment on women’s bodies,” Parker says. “I understand men get that too, but men have body representation in wrestling for all body types. Women are consistently criticized if they don’t meet certain criteria.”
Undefinable athletes. pic.twitter.com/xVjJXYiNk6— Trisha Parker (@JordynneGrace) April 17, 2021
Jordynne Grace made history at Rebellion, becoming only the 11th woman to hold both the Knockouts Tag Team Championship and the Knockouts Championship. If you miss any of the action, check out our live coverage here.