It’s 6:30 PM. Twenty-one-year-old Natasha Edwards is an explosion of excitement and nervous energy waiting to happen. It’s easy to see why her coach Lara Toma describes her as a “fireball.”
Arriving in jeans that hug her frame so tightly it looks as if they were painted on and a top that shows off her muscular bikini competitor physique, Natasha Edwards seems tailor made for this gig. Tonight, sporting a tiny bikini that accentuates the muscles and curves of her 38-26-38 physique, she’ll make her debut as a ring girl.
There’s a list of names at the front door that includes Natasha Edwards. These are the ring girls working the February Fury event. But the ticket takers ignore her name. Instead, they’re waiting for “the special girl with the muscles that will be performing in a bikini tonight.” That puts a smile on Natasha’s face.
Natasha goes to work within minutes of her arrival. Video interviews, promo photos and preparing for her solo performance in the ring; after that, meeting the ring crew, media and her fellow ring girls.
On paper, 90 minutes looks like a comfortable stretch of time; in real time at the venue, each minute races by, chasing the preceding one until the clock exhausts its allotment of 90 ticks.
Showtime! Bring on the Ring Girl
It’s 8 PM. Showtime. MC Olesha Karringten steps into the ring, microphone in hand. “Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please.”
But it’s not a fight that starts the proceedings; it’s Natasha Edwards.
Stepping into the ring wrapped in a black bikini that strains to keep her taut, curvy body encased in the fabric, Edwards exudes a mix of confidence, power and sex appeal.
How many in the crowd are hoping for a timely wardrobe malfunction?
Strutting around the ring, the bikini competitor hits a few biceps flexes that elicit shouts of approval from the fight crowd. MC Olesha continues with her introduction. When she booms out Natasha’s stats, the 38-26-38 measurements gain an approving round of applause from the crowd. As Natasha describes it, her sweeping curves and hard muscles form the perfect combination of “murves,” hashtag parlance for muscles and curves.
After an interview at center ring, Olesha asks Natasha to demonstrate what she does on stage at a bikini contest. Natasha obliges, hitting her mandatory bikini poses and throwing in a few extra twists and turns to show off her chiseled physique. The fight crowd approves.
February Fury stretches out until 11:30 PM. Throughout, Natasha lives up to her “fireball” reputation. Each time she steps into the ring, she feeds off the energy of the audience and shows no signs of slowing down.
That’s a wrap
At the end of the evening with the ring coming down around her, she’s still going strong, posing for promotional photos with a clamor of media rushing to get as much with her as they can. Edwards is ready for more, but it’s the ones behind the cameras that run out of energy first. February Fury finally comes to a close for “the special girl with the muscles that will be performing in a bikini tonight.”
Watch Natasha’s debut as a ring girl:
Originally published February 2016.