Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz recently spoke with TV Insider for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During the interview, Kiera spoke about the origins of her teaming up with Steelz, her personal coming out moment back in 2019 and being a victim of social media bullying.
Featured below are some of the highlights from Kiera Hogan's portion of the new TV Insider interview.
On who had the idea for her to team up with Tasha Steelz in IMPACT Wrestling last year: "I did. I was like, “Tasha, you need to be here.”…We have always talked about teaming and the things we could do. We never knew we’d be thrown together so quickly. But to see how far we’ve come is great. Ultimately, it led to us getting gold together. The bar is set, and we’re at the top."
On coming out in her personal life back in 2019 and being a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and holding titles during a time where representation is as important as ever: " It’s for the culture. That’s what we do it for. We’re breaking down barriers for our culture. We know what we bring to the table. It’s about damn time somebody saw it. It’s about time we got some recognition. Before Tasha came in, I was going with the flow. I wasn’t being my authentic self. We’re trying to promote if you are yourself authentically and truthfully and honestly, you can achieve anything. It’s amazing to be in this position this month, and this year starting off on such a high note. We’re going to keep hustling and grinding…[Impact] never made me feel like I’m different for being who I am. They made me feel comfortable enough to be my authentic self. I had positive reinforcement from my surroundings."
On being a victim of social media trolling leading to her being very transparent on Twitter and how she gets through the dark periods: "Social media is a minefield that can tear you down. I feel like fans don’t truly understand what social media has done to entertainment and sports and performance art. Everybody’s voice is very powerful whether you type it or say it. I don’t think people know the power they have in what they say. I just feel we give so much to the negative. Social media can be very dark sometimes and pulls you into being negative and feel like you have to lash out to protect yourself. I want people to know it’s okay to have moments and be vulnerable and show we are human and all have feelings. Sometimes you get hurt. I’ve learned you have to keep breathing and keep going no matter what. Take things one day at a time."
Check out the complete Kiera Hogan interview at TVInsider.com.
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