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Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

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As noted, WWE SmackDown Superstar Lana recently landed the cover of CH2 (Celebrate Hilton Head) Magazine. The Ravishing Russian also spoke to the magazine for a Q&A. She was asked if she has ever felt like there is a double standard for women in business. Lana, who described herself as a big human rights activist, said things are slowly changing for women in business.

"Yeah, I remember in 2011, watching Captain America and asking my friend why all of these leading heroes are men," Lana recalled. "He said that no one was interested in a woman being a leading character, and that women couldn't sell a movie. I got so mad (laughs), but thankfully these things are slowly changing. It was really cool to see Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman both do so well at the box office when people said that would never happen. And I think that it started with characters like Princess Leia. She was not to be messed with, and I think she was one of the first. Now, more women are saying, 'We can do this,' and when we are given opportunities, we kick it out of the park. No matter if you are a girl, a boy or whatever race or sexual orientation, we all deserve opportunities. I am a big human rights activist."

Lana talked more about that inclusivity and how it's important for younger people to see, especially on social media.

"WWE reaches over a billion people on social media, and it's crazy to think that so many people follow me and that I can influence others," she said. "I believe in working hard and also playing hard, and I like to show that on social media. I try to keep it real. I really love fashion and beauty, and I like to show that a lot on Instagram. So often, people paint this picture of perfection with all the apps and the edits, and that's great; let's make a flawless picture, but let's also show reality as well. I love to dress up, put on makeup, and put different wigs on, but, in life, sometimes your wig might fly off, and I'm not afraid to show that. I think it is funny. Let's show that we don't always have perfect skin or maybe the wig is ungluing, and let's laugh. Growing up, my brothers would always tell me, you're only funny to laugh at. But now I have realized that if I am making people laugh and I'm laughing too, that's all that matters."

Lana and husband Rusev first appeared on WWE's Total Divas series in 2016 for the sixth season. She was asked if it was difficult to step out from behind the Lana character to present as herself on the show.

"In Total Divas, you have to be yourself and be willing to show your flaws and imperfections, and that can be challenging because the world is gonna judge you," Lana said. "In SmackDown Live, I was Lana, the Ravishing Russian. I spoke in an accent, and I was a villain—well, I still am a villain (laughs)—so if I wasn't liked, it meant that I was doing a good job. However, when people don't like you and judge you for who you are, that is a little more challenging, and it can be hurtful. But you have to be prepared; that's the job—that's what you are signing up for."

Lana also mentioned wanting to have children one day. She was asked if she ever has "pinch yourself" moments where she realizes how much she's achieved.

"Gosh, I have so many but, recently at WrestleMania, it really caught me," she said. "I'm so grateful, because I get to go out there and compete and I also get to manage my husband as well. People dream of being in WrestleMania, but only a select few are given this opportunity to be WWE Superstars and perform in front of thousands of people. And here I am doing two performances as part of two acts in two competitions. I would definitely say that it's a privilege and an honor to be able to do what I do. It's really cool, and it reflects on who I am. It's like yeah, you can be a wife and you can also have a career; you can be a wife and have a business. One day I'll have children, and I'm still gonna be kicking ass and running my own business and maybe winning WWE championships—maybe winning Oscars. Who's to say? The sky is the limit!"
Source: https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/20...siness-659268/
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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

Lana's WWE career is done. She peaked as Rusev's manager in 2015.
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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

She clearly has post-WWE aspirations that won't pan out. I almost want to call her delusional

Just make sure my boy Rusev can leave.
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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

. Her captain America story

Things that never happened for $5,000!


Lana could talk. She could do a good promo. She doesn't have to pull the gender discrimination card to get attention.
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Shame Lana isn't really used at all anymore. She's one of the few women who can talk and draw heat when she needs to.
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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

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Lana's WWE career is done. She peaked as Rusev's manager in 2015.
Her career as single wrestler ran against a wall from the very beginning, maybe they better had not done that and kept some more mystery with her. But let`s be honest, with her actual skills she had been multiple time divas champion 20 years ago.


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Shame Lana isn't really used at all anymore. She's one of the few women who can talk and draw heat when she needs to.
To bad, sometimes it looked she would be close to a mistake. Also her character was presented in a way, it is difficult for some people to take her serious.
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She was doomed when she leaked to TMZ that she was getting married to Rusev. Pretty sure they blackballed her for it.
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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

What is even the deal with her and Rusev? Did they ask for their release and it wasn't granted so now they are just doing whatever until their contracts run out? or did they ask to have an extended period of time off?

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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

I kind of think she should have been used less as a wrestler and more of a manager. Maybe she could have been champ at least a couple of times if she came earlier to the WWE.


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Re: Lana Talks Double Standards For Women In Business, Her WWE Career

There was a time where it seemed like the sky was the limit for her, at least in terms of managing. Her and Rusev have really been mismanaged over the years.




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