Vice.com recently interviewed WWE seamstress Sandra Gray (Rena thanked Sandra in her speech when winning the Slammy Awards for “Dressed to kill” in 1997) and she told them how she got hired by WWE partly thanks to Rena and Marc Mero:
In 1994, a young woman walked into a Marietta, Georgia fabric shop looking for someone to make a last-minute costume for her boyfriend. Two years later, that young woman would become Sable, WWE Diva, wrestling fashion icon, and all-around babe. Her boyfriend (now ex-husband) was Johnny B. Badd aka Marc Mero, and he needed something to wear for the Pay-Per-View event he was wrestling in that week in North Carolina.
The woman in the Marietta fabric shop was Sandra Gray. Although it was the middle of a busy prom season and she had never sewed on spandex before, this woman was begging her, so Gray told Sable to come by her house later and she’d get it done. That chance encounter led Gray to a new career as a seamstress and designer for the WWE, a job she still holds today, over 20 years later.
When she first began, Gray wasn’t familiar with pro wrestling, but her two young sons were.
“They knew all about who [Johnny B. Badd] was,” she remembers. “They were super excited. So I took on this job, never having sewn on spandex before, and I made him a pair of trunks. I didn’t know the technique, and I didn’t have anyone to ask. I just did the best I could, and I was going to get the chance to see my work on TV. My whole family was excited.”
Her family watched the match and kept screaming “Put him down!” at the television as Johnny B. Badd was repeatedly yanked up and put on the turnbuckle. Much to her relief, his trunks stayed up and, after the show, Marc Mero called and thanked her for the outfit.
“That just meant so much to me that he took the time to [call],” she said. “He did and that’s how I got my start in professional wrestling. I must have done a good job because he started telling people where he got his trunks from, and people started to call me. I basically just taught myself.”
Gray noted on Twitter a couple of months ago that her favorite outfits to design were those for Sable & that she still has a a picture of Sable’s first Playboy cover in her office.