black women in wrestling

The most influential black women in pro wrestling

Sandra the Seamstress

Wrestlers aren’t the only influential women on this list. Sandra Gray had a considerably large impact on wrestling over the last 26 years.

Many fans may recognize her because of her appearances on Total Divas, but she has been creating eye-catching ring gear for both men and women since 1994. As the story goes, former WWE Women’s Champion, Sable, approached her to create a last-minute costume for her then-boyfriend, Marc Mero, at a fabric shop in Marietta, Georgia.

This chance opportunity led to a long career with WWE, which lasted for over two decades. In that time, she created original designs for The Bella Twins, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Cameron, Naomi, Beth Phoenix, Lana, Lacey Evans, Carmella, and many more.

Gray left WWE in 2015 to help with her ailing husband. Later, Sandra, who is a breast cancer survivor, opened her own vintage clothing shop. Last year, she started working with AEW, where she has produced some beautiful gear for Allie, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Sonny Kiss, and Britt Baker, to name a few.

Gray’s work has helped so many performers. It’s rare to have such a lasting presence in the wrestling industry in the ring but she has managed to contribute just as much behind the scenes for close to 30 years.

2 thoughts on “The most influential black women in pro wrestling

  1. This is the second article on here that I’ve seen this but I have to point out Jazz is NOT the first African American NWA women’s champion. Awesome Kong won it in 2007

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