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Sunny has brains over brawn


By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
  In a classic case of Beauty and the Beasts, World Wrestling Federation star Sunny is a star among stars, a vixen in the midst of mighty warriors.

She doesn't have to body slam anyone or choke opponents into submission to gain her stardom, all she has to do is strut out past the audience, say a few words, and suck up all the wolf whistles from the predominantly male crowds.

But body parts aside, her greatest asset is still probably what's inside her head. Formerly a pre-med student at the University of Tennessee, 24-year-old Sunny is much more than a sex symbol, she's an aspiring pediatrician.

"I just dyed my hair three shades darker to get away from that dumb blonde perception," she says, sitting at the Sun promoting the WWF's RAW is WAR television extravaganza scheduled for the Corel Centre Monday at 8 p.m.

"There's pathetically huge exploitation. But you've got to learn when to say no. They asked me to do some things for a RAW magazine swimsuit issue. They planned a whole new shoot and I just couldn't do a couple of things they asked me to do.

"I'm sure some 25-year-old guys would like to see that. But what about the 13-year-olds that are going to see it? Is that right?"
Just as your Ottawa Sun brings enlightenment to thousands every day, today's SUNshine Girl -- the WWF's Sunny -- will surely brighten up the day for thousands who see her here.
-- Fred Sherwin, Ottawa Sun
NOTE: This photo is property of the Ottawa Sun and CANOE. It may not exist on any other web site.


Since she was introduced three years ago, quickly evolving into a "heel" manager of the Bodydonnas, her popularity has skyrocketed, fuelled by bikini appearances and sexual innuendo.

While she's tied into a four-year contract and her appearances have been cut considerably, Sunny accepts her role, but would like to be able to use her mind a little more.

She's also turned down an appearance in Playboy, for a tidy sum well into six figures.

"I had a strict family," she says. "My dad, who died four years ago, was Navy retired. He'd come back and kill me. He was strict. When I was growing up and he told me to be home at 11, I'd be home at 10:55.

"The (Playboy) money was great. But there was no temptation. It took about five minutes to say no."

But if making decisions about how much flesh she's willing to bare were the biggest of her problems, she'd probably have it made in the shade. Her popularity seems to have ticked off some of the wrestling world's other superstars.

"The boys don't realize they can't go out and do what I do ... just like I can't go out and do what they do. There are some egos like you wouldn't believe out there. You could fill a giant stadium full of them."

She counts the Hart family, Steve Austin and Marlena among her real friends on the circuit.

When her contract expires, maybe Sunny will settle down, have a family. Or maybe she'll pursue her medical dream. Dr. Sunny, anyone?



RAW IS WAR

* WHEN: Monday, 8 p.m.

* WHERE: Corel Centre

* TV: TSN, 9 p.m.

* TICKETS: $25, $20, $15, $10

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