Nicola Adams channels Fred Astaire in a top hat and tails as she thanks Strictly Come Dancing for letting her feel ‘natural and comfortable’ ahead of being in show’s first same-sex pairing
The former professional boxer, 37, was miles away from the ring as she channelled Fred Astaire by posing in a top hat and tails.
Nicola leaped into the air and struck a pose as she gears up to become part of Strictly’s first ever same-sex pairing on this year’s show.
Nicola Adams, 37, has revealed she is thankful to the BBC for letting her be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in a way that feels ‘comfortable and natural’ for her
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Nicola said: ‘I’ve been asked to do Strictly every year since 2012 but it’s not been possible while I was always in training, so this year I was super excited to be able to take part.
‘I was even happier when the BBC agreed to me being a contestant in a way that felt most comfortable and natural to me.’
She added: ‘Up until now it almost hasn’t felt real. It’s something I’ve been planning for several months but putting on the top hat and tails and having fun in the studio trying to recreate some of Fred Astaire’s most memorable moves has brought home the reality of what lies ahead.’
Nicola, from Leeds, whose real-life partner is beauty blogger and stylist Ella Baig, is determined to go the full distance in the competition.
Inspiration: The former professional boxer, 37, was miles away from the ring as she channelled Fred Astaire by posing in a top hat and tails
She said: ‘I’m not much of a dancer but I’m always dedicated to whatever I’m doing and I really want to win that glitterball trophy.
‘Fred had an effortless charm and style and one of things I’m really looking forward to is dropping my guard and totally immersing myself in the performances.’
Nicola recently told how she has become ‘resilient’ in the face of homophobic and racist online trolls against her and girlfriend Ella, 22.
The star spoke candidly to Women’s Health Magazine and admitted she used to ignore hateful comments before but now speaks out against them publicly to help others.
Nicola said: ‘I’ve been asked to do Strictly every year since 2012 but it’s not been possible while I was always in training, so this year I was super excited to be able to take part’
Explaining her reasoning, she said: ‘I’ve become resilient to the comments I get online – I’ll block people rather than reply.
‘But recently, Ella and I decided to fight back, because maybe there are people out there who aren’t able to cope with these sorts of messages; people who might find it comforting to know that even though I’m an Olympic champion, people still say horrible things to me.’
Of how she feels being part of an interracial couple, she went on: ‘The first time my partner Ella and I really considered that we were an “interracial” couple was when a woman commented on a picture of us on social media saying she was proud of us for being one. We just feel like two ordinary people.’
It comes after Strictly judge Shirley Ballas, has said the show’s first ever same-sex couple will be ‘absolutely beautiful’.
Making a change: Nicola recently told how she has become ‘resilient’ in the face of homophobic and racist online trolls against her and girlfriend Ella Baig, 22
She said: ‘I’ll be judging movement to music, footwork, characteristic of what’s going on within the dance and spacial awareness on the floor. So I don’t see it as some people see it.
‘I really think people have to look at this with one mind because I think it is going to be absolutely beautiful.’
Speaking to Reverend Richard Coles on BBC Radio 4, Shirley added: ‘I’m not a judgmental person because I have been judged all my life.’
Strictly Come Dancing will be launched on October 17, with the first live broadcast a week later.
‘Absolutely beautiful’: Strictly Come Dancing judge, Shirley Ballas, has said the show’s first ever same-sex couple will be ‘absolutely beautiful’