Dancing to the top

Dancing to the top

"There's something really amazing about women who are really sexy, really athletic, really strong, and really powerful and dominating," said Eve. And Sensational Sherri couldn't have said it better herself.

The Diva who was always focused on academics and law managed to find her way into that powerful position after winning over the WWE Universe en route to becoming the last woman standing in the 2007 WWE Diva Search.

In the fourth grade, Eve visited the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. Since that day, it has been her dream to be an FBI agent.

"As a kid, I started off very intense. Very serious," she explained.

While she continued studying for a career in the FBI, Eve practiced dance on the side. She credits dance with breaking her out of her shell as a shy tomboy.

"I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure I was doing my best," Eve admitted. "Around middle school, I grew out of it. I realized it's important to have fun in life and I should be enjoying life more."

Eve took her new outlook on life with her to the University of Southern California, where she earned a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She knows the industry she is currently in is vastly different from the one she went to school for, but she is still glad she made it all the way through college and to graduation.

She hopes to be with WWE for much longer, but should anything ever happen, the possibilities are endless when it comes to finding a fallback, thanks to Eve's education.

At the point of graduation, all of Eve's friends had jobs lined up.

"Everyone knew exactly where they were working," she said. "I just realized I don't want a job right now. I don't want to work 9:00 to 5:00. I would've had one of those jobs if I wanted one. I always go after what I want."

Eve decided what she wanted to do was dance.

"I wanted to do what I love to do. I love being the spotlight and performing."

During the week following graduation, Eve got an agent and the opportunities started rolling in. She participated in the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team when basketball season came around. She also appeared in some roles on television shows.

In 2007, an opportunity with WWE came when Eve decided to compete in the Diva Search. She made it past the cut to the final 50 contestants, past that cut to the final eight and she never looked back as she was announced as the winner and given a WWE contract on the October 29 edition of Raw.

"It's right up my alley," she said. "I have a lot of respect for the women in this company and I see myself as being able to do the same thing."

The Diva, who is also trained in jujitsu, sees versatility as her strength. The combination of her athleticism, education and communication offer her a dose of confidence that could give her an edge over her competition. And she feels like she can take on anyone.

Eve still may pursue training for the FBI someday -- and perhaps she can turn her ability to solve a Rubik's Cube in less than 15 minutes into something -- but for now, she is living a dream.

"My love for performing and entertainment stems from dance. Even as a gymnast, I realized the only part of gymnastics I loved was performing. When I moved on to dancing, I loved having the audience captured by what you're doing. That's what we do here."

She sees performance as a way of wearing a metaphorical mask. She gets the opportunity to be a part of something huge … something that everybody comes to see.

"Whether you're putting a smile on their faces or making them sit on the edge of their seats," she said, "It's irreplaceable. There's nothing that compares to it."

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