NOR “PHOENIX” DIANA
A woman destined for greatness, Nor Diana is making a name for herself in professional wrestling arenas across Asia and the United Kingdom. With growing recognition on the international stage from platforms like The Guardian and ESPN, the petite wrestler who performs as Phoenix is breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes as the world’s first hijab- wearing wrestler.
Though it was her eagle-eyed coach, Ayez Shaukat-Fonseka who gave her the fantastical ring name, Diana grew fond of it. “After a while, I started feeling like I can relate to the name and started living it because there were numerous times, I felt like quitting due to how hard this business is. But just like the phoenix, I rise from the ashes. I will never quit, and every time I get knocked down, I get back up,” she says firmly.
“It is liberating to know that a woman, moreover a hijabi, can succeed, and be just as good as men can be,” the young wrestler says with pride. Diana remains humble and grounded in her attitude towards the sport. “Winning or losing is not important in pro wrestling, what matters is we move the emotions of the audience, and at the end of the day if I can move them, I am happy.”
She continues to work hard for those who look up to her, including all women and not just hijabis. “I hope one day, the world does not see the hijab as something that interferes with anything, and that people can begin to understand different perspectives.”
Adonis Rose band, Horizon ring, Infinity ring 1 carat, Infinity band, DB Classic band, Petal band by De Beers; Fur stole by Brunello Cucinelli