Chester County native and pro wrestler Edith Surreal once wrestled under the name Still Life with Apricots and Pears. Newfound confidence in her sport led to a new moniker for her and a fundamental shift for the sport, writes Stephanie Farr for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
When she originally entered the professional wrestling scene three years ago, she claimed an unusual backstory: She was a human work of art made by another pro wrestler.
As she learned the ropes over the years and perfected her moves, she found herself coming into her own.
This year, she decided to change her name to reflect the woman she is.
“I transitioned while I was already performing, so I was able to put my transition on display,” she said. “Once I started meeting fans, and they’d come out to me and share their story, it felt like this is so much bigger than myself.”
For Surreal, pro wrestling is an art form that people who see it just as fake are thinking about it the wrong way.
“It’s live-action storytelling, combat theater, and interactive theater,” she said. “In my opinion, it’s the greatest form of storytelling and the greatest form of art.”
Read more about Edith Surreal in The Philadelphia Inquirer.