Miesha Tate Says She's Fine With Being Labeled a Sex Symbol
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.26.2013
Foot fetish people creep her out though...
Miesha Tate recently spoke with MMAjunkie about the issue of sexuality in regard to female fightets. Check out the highlights:
On female fighters having a sense of sexuality: "I think it's important to have a balance. I think everybody has different boundaries and limitations. When someone like Sarah Kaufman or Sara McMann say they don't want to use looks to promote themselves, it might be a little different than when I say the same thing. It can mean different things."
On what it means to her: "It's not my goal to go out there and say, ‘Hey, I'm sexy, look at me, I can fight.' I've always been feminine. I've always been proud of being a strong and empowered woman, and I don't see anything wrong with embracing that. It just has to be tastefully done."
On women who try to be sexy while working out: "That's the thing that used to drive me crazy. There used to be girls that came in there and would be very scantily dressed and would be trying to half-ass through the practice, but trying to get the guy's attention. It would drive me crazy. If the girls are going to come in here, please don't disrespect myself or the other women in the gym who work hard and go to fight practice by having your boobs falling out of your shirt and having your shorts so short that it leaves nothing to the imagination. You've got to be another training partner and one of the guys."
On people having a thing for her feet: "It's really weird. I think it's very weird that there's people out there that have a foot fetish. I get people that tweet me about my feet. There's this one guy that doesn't even speak English, and he writes me all the time. He's like, ‘Miesha' – he writes in really broken English – ‘Can I please smell your stinky feet?' So creepy and weird. It's just one of those things that I try not to pay a lot of attention to, because it really weirds me out. That's obviously not my goal, to appease people with a foot fetish. But also, I have no control over it. I'm not going to hide my feet."
On doing photo shoots: "I'm not into the lingerie and getting into bed, and too much of the sexual innuendo. But I think it's perfectly OK to be a beautiful and empowered woman and embrace that aspect of it. I have a boundary level that I don't want to cross, but I have a comfortability level that I'm OK with."