Jalandhar (Punjab), May 6 - WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there.
Kavita Devi, who is better known in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) international circles as "Hard KD", is currently training and wrestling in Orlando, Florida, in the United States as part of her three-year contract with the WWE.
Kavita, the first Indian woman to reach the international level in WWE, is no ordinary sportswoman. Even while being a professional WWE wrestler, Kavita is making sure that she dresses traditionally, the Indian way. When she fights in the ring, she is always dressed in a salwar-kameez, a popular dress for Indian women.
"I am proud that I enter the ring wearing a salwar suit. It is part of our Indian culture. I am the only one at the international level (in WWE) to be doing so. Many girls in India avoid getting into WWE wrestling seeing the clothes that most women in this sport wear inside the ring. I have broken that image and more girls in my country are getting inspired," Kavita told IANS in an interview, pointing out that wearing the salwar-suit was no impediment in her performance in the ring.
Being married in a conventional family in 2009 and mother of a six-year-old son, Kavita has tackled several odds, including coming from a humble farming background, growing up among five siblings and facing difficult times economically.