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AJ Lee Talks About Her Poor Upbringing and Getting Over as a WWE Diva

December 2, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

- The NY Daily News spoke with WWE Diva, AJ Lee (real name April Mendez), about her upbringing in New Jersey and her toughest battles in life outside the wrestling ring:

On working at a Pathmark supermarket and being a janitor “I liked being a janitor more than that. You’re on your feet all day. People kind of look right through you.”

On her upbringing in New Jersey: “I didn’t have the easiest time growing up; it’s no secret. We were just poor.”

Her obstacles in selling herself as a WWE worker since she doesn’t have the typical Diva mold: “Selling the package as me was really hard. I’m not the sexy girl. I’m more youthful and innocent, the girl who wears jeans and T-shirts and sneakers. Fans have accepted that I’m a tomboy. There’s a different group of people who find that attractive.”

Regarding her fans in the NY/Brooklyn area: “There’s something about the fans in that area. They’re more extreme; they’re smarter. Every time we go somewhere in the tristate, there are people who remember me from six years ago. It’s like a homecoming.”

– AJ Lee was also mentioned in USA Today this week for “Who’s News?”

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