'A third of the girls with real boobs are considering implants': NFL's oldest cheerleader spills about extreme off-field expectations
21:53 GMT, 23 March 2012
Forget the on-field match ups and corporate disputes. The real NFL wars are between its cheerleaders and their breast sizes, according to the league’s oldest cheerleader Laura Vikmanis.
The 43-year-old, who throws her pom poms about for Ohio’s Cincinnati Bengals, has told Cincinnati.com that of her peers who don't already have breast implants, most of them are considering them.
‘The most prominent division… is not between the young girls and the older girls but between the Real Boobs and the Fake Boobs,’ she said, referring to her teammate's nicknames.
No support: NFL's oldest cheerleader, Laura Vikmanis, 43, says the league's cheerleaders are ruthless in their attempts to out-beautify one another
‘This is despite the fact that at any given time, a third of the Real Boobs are considering implants.’
The Springboro, Ohio native and mother to two daughters has co-written a book about her experiences as a cheerleader.
Titled It’s Not About The Pom-Poms: How A 40-Year-Old Mom Became The NFL’s Oldest Cheerleader – And Found Hope, Joy, And Inspiration Along The Way, the book revealed many alarming details about the world of cheerleading.
It has detailed required twice-weekly weigh ins as well the pressure cheerleaders are under to appear as close to perfect as possible.
Fierce fitness: Ms Vikmanis says cheer leaders are poorly paid despite working long hours and maintaining perfect bodies. She calls it a 'circus'
Ms Vikmanis said they are paid $75 per game, which equals to about $2.50 per hour if you take preparation into consideration.
‘We are like a one-ring traveling circus within a $9billion corporation,’ she wrote.
Charlotte Jacobs, the director of the Ben-Gals cheerleading squad, has read the book and Cincinnati.com reports that Ms Jacobs thought it was a fair description of the world of NFL cheerleading.
The book also talks about the lengths Ms Vikmanis went to in order to join the Cincinnati Ben-Gals.
Family: Shown here with her two daughters, she revealed personal struggles also
She said she failed to make the team on her first attempt however one year of dieting and training ensured she made the cut in 2008, the following year.
Ms Vikmanis’ story may soon be told on the silver screen also. She sold the rights to New Line Cinema in March of last year. It is expected to reach cinemas in the next two or three years.
The book is in stores now.