NOVEMBER 2018 EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN | NIA JAX

NOVEMBER 2018 EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN | NIA JAX

This year LINEA Paolo is celebrating our customers – women just like you by recognizing an Extraordinary Woman each month through our blog and social media channels.

LINEA Paolo is very honored to announce our November 2018 Extraordinary Woman – WWE Superstar, Nia Jax!

Not only is Nia a world class athlete, performer, reality TV star and former plus-size model—she is also an amazing role model and friend.

Follow us on social media this month as we spotlight Nia. Read on for Nia’s insights on beauty, style, travel and learn how she’s making a difference in and out of the ring.

LINEA Paolo:

Nia, thank you so much for making the time to connect with us – we are so excited for this feature! Since you’re just about to go on live TV, let’s jump right in.

What’s your home town and where is your current home base?

Nia Jax:

I consider Carlsbad, California to be my home town and I currently live in Orlando, Florida.

LP:

Coast to coast – how do you like Orlando?

NJ:

I’ve lived there four years and still can’t get used to the humidity. As soon as I walk outside, I feel like I need another shower!

LP:

Guessing that you travel a lot, so maybe you’re not home that much any way, right?

NJ:

I travel so much – about 300 days a year. I spend more time in a hotel room than in my own house. It’s a lot!

(Nia is wearing our HOLLIS peep toe lucite heel bootie with a stretch knit upper)

LP:

We see you posting to your Instagram from all over the world – what are your 3 favorite places you’ve visited this year?

NJ:

This is hard, I’ve been to so many beautiful places! I was in Germany, a little town called Erfurt. I’m a big fan of European towns – they’re so quaint and charming. Seattle is a favorite too – we were just there and its beautiful! And Switzerland – I was in Zurich for a day and it was gorgeous.

LP:

Is that pretty typical to only spend a day in each location?

NJ:

Yes, that’s one thing that most people don’t realize about  WWE’s schedule – we are constantly on the move. Sometimes we land, go straight to the arena to perform and then fly out the next morning.

LP:

That sounds so intense and exhausting – especially with changing time zones and everything else. How do you keep yourself on schedule and healthy while traveling?

NJ:

The number one thing I’ve learned is to sleep as much as and whenever possible. I’ve learned to sleep on a plane – which has been such a life changer for me.

Also, this sounds really cliché but it’s so true: I drink a lot of water – as much as I can. It makes such a difference, staying hydrated and keeping my energy up.

For food, thank goodness for cell phones! When I land some place, I start looking up healthy eating options.

As far as time zones, I never know which one I’m in!

LP:

Sleep deprivation is the worst, and that multiple time zone thing would be a lot to juggle. Since you’re on the road so much, you must have your packing down to an art.

Can you tell us what your top three must have travel essentials are?

NJ:

Oh yes! There’s probably a lot. But for things I can’t live without, that I would go back home to get if I forgot them, I’d have to say:

My Neck Pillow – cannot live without it

Moisturizer and sunscreen – I have super sensitive skin

My running shoes – won’t leave home without them

And my earphones – definitely need these

LP:

Great list! Moving on to fashion…

How would you describe your signature style, when you’re not at work?

NJ:

When I’m not at work – my style is totally athleisure. On my days off I’m usually out running errands or at the gym, so I want to be comfy – I’m in leggings, a cute top, maybe a hat.

LP:

And what’s your favorite outfit this fall?

NJ:

Fall is my favorite weather! I love fall. So, dark wash jeans, black jeans or leggings, a duster – you know those long draped sweaters – love them and boots!

LP:

Yes, to the boots! Tell us about why you love shoes.

NJ:

I’m on my feet all day – so comfortable shoes are a must! I’m a tall girl, but I love to wear heels and they have to be comfortable! It’s all about feeling good strutting my stuff as I walk down the street..

(Nia is wearing our FILIPA II wedge sneaker booties in leopard print hair calf)

LP:

We’ve just loved seeing you in our wedge sneakers and booties this fall – you have such a great sense of style and always look amazing!

And speaking of strutting, you started your career as a plus-size model. Can you share three things you learned about yourself from this experience?

NJ:

One thing I learned really fast was how to find my “good side” – it’s my right side, the one with the dimple.

Next, how to project confidence into the camera – it really comes through in the photos.

And definitely how to walk a runway. People think, “oh you just walk,” but there is so much more to it. It’s not just learning to walk, it’s learning to really “own” it! Now when I walk down the ramp into an arena, I do it with purpose, so even if people don’t know who I am, they notice, they think, “wow, she’s here to do some damage.”

LP:

What are some ways that you hope to use these lessons to inspire women and girls?

NJ:

Fashion plays a huge part in women feeling good about themselves. Your confidence from the inside really projects to the outside. When you feel good about yourself, you’re so empowered – you can take over the world!

LP:

Love that! And it’s so true.

Can you tell us about how you made the transition from modeling to WWE – it seems like a pretty big leap.

NJ:

I was an athlete my entire life and had four basketball scholarship offers for college. Then one day while I was still in high school, a talent agent approached me after an event and I ended up signing with –  Wilhelmina Models in New York. I never thought about modeling as a curvy girl, but then it happened.

My family was always involved in sports entertainment, my cousin [Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson] especially, and I watched WWE growing up but never really considered it  something I could do.

The women were all so beautiful, but petite, so I never identified with them.. But my Aunt [Ata Johnson], was super encouraging, saying she could absolutely see me – some one of my height and body type being incredibly successful in the industry. And it’s amazing! Walking into an arena with all the fans cheering (or booing!) – there’s such instant gratification, an unbelievable adrenaline rush. It’s almost addictive – really.

LP:

It’s the energy of all those people – must be so unreal. Curious about your WWE name – Nia Jax – how did that come about?

NJ:

When we sign our contract, we have the option to help choose our names. At the time I was completely obsessed with “Sons of Anarchy” and Jax Teller. I thought Jax sounded cool, so I put it on my list. And “Nia” is a Samoan name, but it’s pronounced “Nee-a” but I wanted it to be “Ny-a” instead. Anyway, then they picked my name, and it was Nia Jax.

LP:

That’s so cool – it’s you, but not you – really perfect.

Can you share with us the top three things you’ve learned about yourself from being a WWE Superstar?

NJ:

What have I learned – well for one, I can take a hit and keep on going!  I can also function well on very little sleep.

The main thing is that I am stronger than I thought. So much stronger – both physically and mentally.

I’m away from my family 300 days a year, which can be really hard, so I’m stronger emotionally than I thought as well.

LP:

Unbelievably impressed by your toughness and dedication – it’s truly admirable.

What are some ways that you hope to use these lessons to inspire women and girls?

NJ:

Take a chance on your dreams – you are stronger than you think! And failure is not a bad thing. Don’t ever be afraid of failure. Without taking that chance, without failure you’ll never know what you can do.

LP:

Your achievements and attitude are proof that this is great advice!

One of our major themes this year has been women’s friendships and women supporting other women to achieve their goals.

As someone who works in a highly competitive, historically male-driven industry, can you share how support from other women has shaped your outlook and helped you achieve your goals?

NJ:

I need support from the women I work with, or I wouldn’t even be able to accomplish a match. We are a huge sisterhood and have such a strong bond. These girls are my family – we are together all the time. And sometimes we don’t like each other, but it’s just like with my brothers, no one can say anything bad about them – ever. They are my family and I love them!

LP:

That’s such a powerful message and an insightful behind the scenes glimpse on what the true dynamic is like amongst the female WWE Superstars

Can you also share your thoughts on the most significant ways women have moved the industry forward and the milestones you’ve achieved together? Like the first all-women’s pay per view EVOLUTION?

NJ:

I’ve seen the difference between how wrestling was when I was a kid and now – women have moved to the forefront of WWE. We are headlining pay per views, headlining RAW – one of the longest running shows on tv – women are absolutely at the forefront of the industry.

The fans in the WWE Universe want to see this – they are helping us push it forward.

And EVOLUTION –  – It was a celebration of  the past, present and future of WWE and I am so proud of everyone involved – especially everyone behind the scenes that worked so hard to make it happen. It was an incredible feeling to win the Battle Royal and I couldn’t be happier.

LP:

What about from the performance side, how do you think women have taken this to another level?

NJ:

We’re a TV show, we tell stories and our storylines have to involve women. We bring the passion, we bring the drama!

One of my best friends and I (WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss) did a storyline about bullying for WRESTLEMANIA 34 – it was  me getting bullied about my looks by a smaller woman.

When we got together to work on this, we knew we had to make it realistic and relatable. We wanted to be able to send a really positive message about standing up for yourself and being strong.

And it was so great that at the end of it all, I was able to overcome my bully in the ring and win the WWE Raw Women’s Championship!

LP:

This is such a great example of that inner confidence you mentioned earlier and also shows the type of dedication that we feel make you such a great role model.

Another thing that we truly admire is your ENERGY!

Between being an athlete, performer, filming Total Divas, travel and everything else, you still find time to give back to the community.

Can you tell us about some of the causes you’re currently supporting?

NJ:

There’s so many great causes out there – but these are a few that are doing really important work:

Be a STAR – this is an anti-bullying initiative created by WWE. We go into the communities we visit while traveling and host rallies with kids through the Boys and Girls Club and other similar groups to talk to them about self-confidence and bullying.

Susan G. Komen – this involves anything to do with breast cancer, like Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is such an important organization that WWE supports fully – we even put up pink ropes in the ring during the month of October to honor breast cancer survivors.

Tribute To The Troops – is another cause that is near and dear to WWE. Every year we go to a military base, meet with the troops and their families and put on a show for them.  This year we will be at Fort Hood in December.  We love our troops and show them our appreciation for all they do whenever we can.

LP:

Thanks so much for sharing all this. Coming back to much lighter topics – like hair and make-up.

You always look beautiful – wondering with all the travel and being so much in the public eye if you have a make-up artist or if you take care of this yourself?

NJ:

Thank you so much, and I almost always do my own make-up and hair – I’m so picky, really picky!

When traveling we have to do it ourselves anyway, unless it’s for TV – there’s full hair and make-up for any televised event, but I still do my own make-up! Sometimes, I’ll let someone else do my hair though.

I do have a couple go-to make-up artists for red carpet events though, I don’t do my own for these.

LP:

So, as a beauty fiend, what are your three must have beauty items – things you can’t go without?

NJ:

It’s really almost the same as my travel list, but top three would be:

LP:

Moving on to styling, we know that you work closely with Christina Pacelli (@christiajpacelli), has working with her changed your view of fashion and your personal style?

(Nia at Curvy Con during September 2018 NYFW as styled by Christina Pacelli)

NJ:

Oh my gosh yes! Christina has been life-changing in my look. In this past year I’ve seen so much growth in my style and she’s always on the same wave-length as I am. Every time I’ve said I’m ready to try something new, there she is thinking the exact same thing. She’s gotten me to wear styles that I never thought would work on my curves – she’s totally stepped-up my game and made me feel more confident in wearing things I never thought I could – it’s so fun!

LP:

Nia, it has been such a pleasure to connect with you today!

Since you’re just about to go out there and perform in front of a live audience, we’re going to wrap up here with one last question:

Can you share something with us that most people don’t know about you?

NJ:

Ok, this is funny – since I’m on a reality TV show where I’m totally myself, I feel like everyone knows everything about me already! So, if there’s one thing that most people don’t know, it’s that I don’t like social media… I’d live up on a mountain with no internet if I could. Actually, I was always that friend who never went into my social media accounts – until it became part of my job when I joined WWE. Hard to believe because now I’m on it all the time!

LP:

This is such a cute answer and absolutely get it – there’s really no way anyone with such a public facing job would be able to avoid it. And evidently, you’re really good at it because you have a truly enviable 1.4M Followers on Instagram!

We actually first “met” Nia when she posted several pairs of our shoes, selected by Christina Pacelli, to her Instagram Story. And it has been such fun to follow her (and our shoes) all around the world ever since!

Head on over to @niajaxwwe for more from this extraordinary woman – and follow along with us this month as we continue to spotlight Nia through our social media accounts.

We’d like to thank Nia for such a fun and insightful glimpse in to her life and personal style.

Follow Nia on Instagram: @niajaxwwe

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