Popular strawweight contender Tecia Torres will be writing a personal essay for TeenVogue discussing the importance of body confidence and self-esteem.
These days, Tecia Torres is best known for being “The Tiny Tornado” in the UFC and engaging in exciting battles with the likes of Rose Namajunas and Bec Rawlings.
However, Torres recently took to Instagram to discuss her history with bullying and to announce that she will be writing a personal essay that will be featured in an upcoming issue of TeenVogue.
Listed at 5’1, the compact Torres is one of the leanest and most explosive athletes in the strawweight division.
Her compact frame is known for being amongst the most athletic in women’s MMA but Torres took to Instagram to discuss some of the issues she had growing up, stating that young girls would often mock her powerful physique.
She also discussed the body shaming she has experienced as a professional athlete. She states that because she is more muscular than her competitors that she is often accused by other women of being on performance enhancing drugs.
Even on The Ultimate Fighter, there were rumours that she was making herself throw up on the show. She discusses that while she has struggled with her body image, she draws support from those who call her an inspiration.
When women’s MMA rose to prominence in 2013 by being a part of the UFC, one of the biggest changes was that it expanded the fanbase in ways not seen before. Sure, plenty of male fighters had been featured in fitness magazines and the like but the women were adding a different element.
Plenty of female fans were suddenly taking notice of the UFC due to Ronda Rousey, and more women and young girls were finding role models to take lessons from. Torres’ essay is a prime example of the new kind of MMA star that exists 2017. Where previously female fighters worked in relative obscurity, they now have a platform where they are being noticed on the same level as athletes in the WNBA, tennis, soccer and other sports. They are also being given the opportunity to provide a positive impact on a young and developing fan base.
Torres is currently ranked fifth in the strawweight division with no fight currently scheduled. With all fighters ahead of her currently booked, it is likely that she is awaiting the results of the upcoming matches between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 and Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212.
Currently, there is no date as to when the essay will be featured in Teen Vogue although Torres states it will appear in the coming months.