Aneesa Ferreira Talks Championing Underrepresented Communities on Reality TV
Aneesa Ferreira — who rose to fame in the early 2000s thanks to her role on MTV’s “The Real World: Chicago” before appearing on many seasons of its spin-off series “The Challenge” — stopped by “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” to chat about her experience championing underrepresented communities on reality television.
“I think I’ve been trying to champion for brown and Black women and queer women and strong women and thick women and all women — just people in general — for forever. And that has been natural,” Aneesa explained. “I’m just naturally a helper, so it’s a big thing for me for people to feel comfortable in their own skin. I totally think I was part of that.”
As fans are well aware, Aneesa has continually used her platform to advocate for marginalized groups, several of which she belongs to. The outspoken Pennsylvania native proudly introduced herself as “gay, Black, and Jewish” when she entered the “Real World” house nearly two decades ago.
Additionally, Aneesa — who now identifies as queer — made history in 2012 when she and her ex-girlfriend Rachel Robinson became the first-ever same-sex couple to compete on “Battle of the Exes.”
“There were a lot of strong women when I started doing this. I just don’t think we had the space to really speak on it. So now that the light is being flashed on us now, and everything’s kind of out there, it gives us even more of a chance to talk about it,” said Aneesa, noting the powerful impact of modern social movements such as 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests and 2017’s #MeToo initiative.
“I’m just happy that we can show that women can still be feminine, if you will, and really strong and badass, have an edge, be smart, and do all of these things,” the TV personality continued, speaking directly to her fervent support of women.
“We don’t have to be these one-dimensional creatures that are like, ‘Oh my God, I’m lost. Where’s my man? I can’t reach the top shelf,’” she added. “There are so many things we can do without the assistance of others. I don’t say we don’t ever need help, but [I’m] just showing people that you can do this.”
Listen to Aneesa’s entire “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” interview with co-hosts Tayshia Adams, Joe Amabile, and Natasha Parker below.
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