We can't imagine how difficult it is to compete on MTV's The Challenge — especially on the latest installment, The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars! This time around, celebs compete against members of the franchise in hopes of donating $150,000 to a charity of their choice. One of this season's competitors — Ariane Andrew from the WWE and E!'s Total Divas — exclusively opened up to Life & Style about her time on the series.
"The Challenge is exactly what it’s called, which is a challenge. The challenges are complex, but for me I believe the ultimate challenge is keeping your mental stability," she shared. "Don’t get yourself caught in a straight jacket. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say that for one of the first times ever, I learned how to 'play the game.'" However, there were plenty of positive moments for Ariane during the season. "My favorite part was competing for charity. Trying to be taken as a serious actress given my background from wrestling and Total Divas, being on another reality show was a tough call for me to make," she continued. "Since philanthropy is something dear to my heart, when I was presented with the opportunity to participate on the show, I was excited to potentially have my charity win $150,000."
Ariane's charity of choice is Black Girls Rock, because "it’s not easy being an African American woman in a male-dominated industry that stays true to herself and doesn’t allow herself to be sold short. That's not to sell any other race short, but I’m coming from personal experience," she explained. "It’s Not just for African American girls but for all young youth to stay resilient, focused and driven because the 'Sky has no Limits.' I want to break barriers and be the first African American female to succeed in the world of acting and entertainment. As Malcolm X said, 'If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.'"
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on MTV.
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