“The pole is just a pole when we practice. And it’s about the pole. It’s not that I’m a big bodybuilder and put a lot of weight on my body, but a lot of things in pole dancing happen because we can do really crazy things that others can’t. And I’m going to push myself to be at the top and be able to keep going. It’s a lot of dedication to keep going.”
You know who else won’t eat anything but carbs?
“No way,” said Cumbie. “I’m not a diabetic. That’s not who I am. I don’t even have a sugar pill. You’re not going to lose weight by having a sugar pill. It’s all going to happen through what you’re eating, the environment you’re in. So dieting is all part of going into a place where you’re not afraid to be alone and not afraid to be vulnerable.”
A lot of your friends were on diets for years or tried diets.
“It was hard for me to stay on a diet for so long because I felt like I didn’t necessarily look good,” said Cumbie. “I was getting thin and thin and I didn’t know my worth. You have to remember. I’m a good person. I’m not a bad person. But I felt like, if I was on a diet, I needed to lose weight to look better, to be normal and get to the next level,” added Cumbie with a laugh.
What do you need to get off the diet?
“I’m always being judged. People say things like, ‘Who knows you better than me?’ But I do. I want to lose weight. I need to move past where I was. People think, ‘Well you know you’re healthy, but you’re overweight.’ That’s not true — it’s not about where you are. It’s not about what you eat. It’s about the way you can express yourself.”
You’re currently living the double life in New York. How would you describe it?
“It’s like being in two places at the same time — one place I love from a place where I’m happy and one place I just have a lot of issues about. So I think it’s hard to describe. If I just say I’m living the double life, people will say the same thing. And it’s like being in a dream that people don’t want to
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