Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche not only is she a UFC fighter, but she is a yellow belt in Kenpo karate, a purple belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, AND she has served 3 tours of duty for the US Marine Corps! I guess that explains her “Girl-Rilla” nick name, she is definitely a beast! Liz turned pro in 2010, and has won six of her last 10 fights. Here is what Too Pretty means to her…
What does the Never Too Pretty Movement mean to you?
The movement represents many of the things I stand for. Athleticism is a huge part of who I am. I believe in pursuing it without the societal restrictions that are placed on us. The Never Too Pretty Movement embodies that philosophy.
Why did you want to become a brand ambassador?
I wanted to become a brand ambassador to help support females and their dreams.
How do you “live” the movement of female empowerment?
I live the movement of female empowerment by being a pioneer in MMA and an openly out female.
What drives you to show others that women are just as capable as men?
I have motto that the only person that can tell you are incapable of doing something is yourself. With that motto I don’t like to adhere to the restrictions that women are any less of an individual than men.
Have you had any unique challenges as a woman in business, sports, etc?
I’ve had a lot of unique challenges as a woman in many male dominated fields. I was a marine and spent 5 years trying to prove my worth in a male dominated industry. MMA until recently was a male dominated sport that often restricted women from even participating in classes. I started when many gym wouldn’t allow women to train in them. I had to prove to a lot of people that I deserved to be there and was just as skilled as the men if not more so.
Do you have any stories or experiences about having to overcome biases in your life?
Growing up I had a love for football. Every time I went out to participate on a team I was laughed at and often turned away. But I held my grounds and went out to show them every time that I deserved to be on the team and earn my way to a position. In the marine corps during pft’s I would do the pull-ups to prove that women were capable of doing them just like the men.
Please share your best piece of advice for inspiring the next generation:
My advice to young women is to pursue your dreams and to not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve them.
We are so thrilled to have Liz as a part of Too Pretty! She is a true trailblazer in every since of the word. Stay tuned to our Instagram for more awesome Too Pretty Trailblazers, and keep tabs on Liz as she dominates the competition!