As you all know by now, former SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair was featured in ESPN magazine’s Body Issue. “The Queen” shared a few shots before the issue’s release on her Instagram several weeks ago. Flair was recently interviewed by Instinct Culture at the Sports Humanitarian Awards and talked about the photo-shoot.
She first talked about getting a black eye during her WrestleMania 34 match with Asuka, which was right before she was set to do the shoot with ESPN. While she was worried at first, Flair later realized that it was good because it showcased how physical WWE Superstars’ jobs are inside the ring:
“Okay so I got a black eye at WrestleMania,” Flair said. “I was like, ‘of course I would get a black eye before the Body shoot. But I actually think it made it that much more raw and real and natural and it really goes to show that what we do as Superstars isn’t fake.
“Like I walk around with my battle scars all the time. I was really nervous at first but after an hour I was like, ‘I’m in the ESPN Body Issue as the first WWE Superstar. I’m gonna rock it.’”
Flair then talked about doing a nude moonsault inside the squared circle for one of the shots. She revealed that she actually had to do the moonsault a staggering 45 times, and detailed how awkward it was:
“Doing forty-five naked moonsaults was awkward. Which it’s like a backflip in the air. I’m like, ‘ah this is my worse nightmare.’ You know when you wake up and you have forgotten you like shoes or something for work, I forgot my ring gear.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions