Hey WNBA Make-Up Class, Brittney Griner ‘Don’t Need That S**T’

Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.

Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.

In case you didn’t know, Brittney Griner has some great freaking skin.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, the WNBA star gets candid on her style, gender-bending and her experience as a WNBA rookie. All of great stuff, but what caught our attention were Griner’s comments on the WNBA’s make-up classes, yes, make-up classes:

At the WNBA’s rookie orientation, Griner says she declined to participate in a session about makeup application and how to dress. “I don’t need that s**t,” she says without rancor, adding that the only lecture she appreciated was one on 401(k)s.

The article goes to note that while the female ballers study concealer and mascara laws, the “NBA rookies learn to beware of gold-digger groupies who might prick tiny holes in condoms.”

Griner also discussed her experience as a homosexual athlete and her decision to “come out.” While the athlete never shied away from her attraction to women, she never declared it publicly her senior year of college.

Griner’s sexual orientation, though, was only a secret in that she hadn’t declared it publicly. While in college at Baylor, she says, her long forearms resting on the table as she picks at a plate of chicken tenders (she famously eschews vegetables), she never hid the fact that she liked girls. But early on, officials at the school, a Baptist university in Waco, Texas, saw tweets she’d written revealing her same-sex attraction and instructed her to keep quiet about it. Baylor policy classifies “homosexual acts” as sexual misconduct and as “misuses of God’s gifts.” 

So Griner lived with one size 17 foot in the closet, one foot out until her senior year, when, she says, laid-back as ever, “I was just like, Screw ’em, I’m gonna say what I want. Like, what were they going to do? Tell me I can’t go to school here no more?” By that time, after all, Griner was a Baylor Bear icon, well on her way to becoming the most decorated female college-basketball player in history, with NCAA records in blocks and dunks and 3,283 points over four years.

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