WWE: Bliss hopes to inspire

WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss hopes overcoming body-image issues can inspire girls with similar concerns.

The 25-year-old battled a life-threatening eating disorder when she was younger but has since competed in bodybuilding tournament the Arnold Classic and forged a fruitful WWE career.

Bliss defeated Ireland's Becky Lynch on Tuesday's edition of Smackdown to secure her second Women's Title, just seven months after being promoted from WWE's NXT brand to the main roster.

"I remember looking through magazines and watching TV and thinking 'why can't I look like those girls, what's wrong with me?'" said Bliss during an interview on ESPN.

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I want to be that person that shows: 'It's okay – I'm five foot, I've got a thick body, I'm curvy, I'm strong and I love it.'

"I want to be that person that shows: 'It's okay – I'm five foot, I've got a thick body, I'm curvy, I'm strong and I love it.' I would rather that then being 80 pounds and afraid if I was going to wake up the next morning."

Opening up about her eating disorder, Bliss said: "When I was diagnosed, my doctors told me that I was 24 hours away from dying.

"They told my parents that with the way my body takes to an eating disorder that my organs weren't coming back.

"I was hospitalised with bradycardia [slow heart rate] – they didn't let me sleep as they thought I would go into cardiac arrest."