WWE star Sasha Banks launches modeling career at NYFW: It felt chaotic

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From the ring to the runway.

WWE star Sasha Banks made her New York Fashion Week debut this weekend, walking in shows for Mister Triple X and Jessica Jade.

The wrestler-turned-model, 30, opened up about the launch of her new career in an exclusive interview with Page Six Style. 

“It felt chaotic. It felt like my first wrestling match all over again!” she divulges.

“I’m back to being the new girl. It felt like everyone was like, ‘Who’s this? Who’s taking my spot?’ But I just had to walk in with confidence like I knew what I was doing because this has been a dream of mine for such a long time, to be in the modeling space.”

The California native, born Mercedes Varnado, let go of any nerves she had by “channeling [her] inner Tyra Banks,” she says. 

“I took a deep breath and told myself, ‘I belong,’” recalls Banks, whose stage name nods to the iconic Victoria’s Secret Angel she idolized as a child.

“Tyra, Adriana Lima, I grew up watching all of the Victoria’s Secret girls, so I always dreamt of being on a runway,” she says. “Watching those girls, I was always like, ‘I want to have wings one day.’”

According to Banks, strutting down the catwalk for Mister Triple X’s “Heaven and Hell”-inspired presentation on Thursday evening felt close enough. 

“The show started out with snake prints and devil vibes. Then it went into these angels, which I loved. And then at the end, we all carried out apples like the forbidden fruit. It was so cool,” she says of the collection’s biblical motifs.


Banks stunned in a metallic number for the Mister Triple X show.

Banks stunned in a metallic number for the Mister Triple X show.

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