‘The Challenge’: Cara Maria Sorbello Clapped Back at Fans Who Think She ‘Doesn’t Look the Same’ as She Used To

The Challenge is back with Total Madness, and it’s already heating up with drama, romance, and ultra-difficult elimination rounds. But there are a few pivotal players who are missing from this season — and one of them is Cara Maria Sorbello.

Sorbello’s known as one of the best female Challenge competitors in the history of the game. We’ve been watching her on the show for about a decade, though she chose to opt-out of Total Madness for personal reasons.

Whether you love her or hate her, we’re sure we’ll see way more of her in the future. And now, she’s even clapping back at Challenge fans who are questioning why she looks much different now than she did when she first started the show.

Cara Maria Sorbello started ‘The Challenge’ in her early 20s

Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio and Cara Maria Sorbello from 'The Challenge'
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio and Cara Maria Sorbello from ‘The Challenge’ | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Those who’ve been watching The Challenge since the beginning likely remember Sorbello from her first season, Fresh Meat II. Unfortunately, she and her partner, Darrell Taylor, didn’t make it far in the game — but it certainly wouldn’t be the last time she tried her hardest on the show. And since then, she’s come back with more muscle and better social gameplay to take on anyone in the house.

Sorbello’s certainly rubbed quite a few competitors the wrong way over the years, though. She had a sisterly bond with Laurel Stucky, which really started when they played Cutthroat together. But in 2014, their relationship dissolved completely during Free Agents. And Stucky thinks reality TV changed Sorbello for the worse.

“She’s not pleasant to be around when you’re around her,” Stucky told PeopleTV. “It’s sad. It’s honestly a little bit sad. She does have the potential to be really warm and she’s got also great qualities, too.”

She’s gotten candid with followers regarding her image

Sorbello knows plenty of contestants from The Challenge and fans from the show dislike her. But she’s made it clear she pays the haters no mind. Not only that, but she continues to get candid with her followers regarding her life, her relationships, and what she’s up to next. And we can’t forget that she’s also talked about using Botox and fillers in the past.

“Heres a non facetuned / non surgically created bum, waist, and jawline to grace your pages. I. Love. My. Body,” she captioned an Instagram post from February 2019. “And whatever choose to keep or change on yours so that you can feel most confident is your right.”

One follower took to the comments and added, “Yeah but you get a whole bunch of stuff done to your face and lips?”

To that, Sorbello noted that while she used to use “Botox and fillers,” they’ve since faded. “So here I am. Back to square one.”

Sorbello just clapped back at fans who think she ‘doesn’t look the same’ anymore

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Sorbello’s fully aware that she doesn’t look the same in her 30s as she does in her 20s — and that’s totally OK with her. While she understands many of her followers have been keeping up with her since the humble beginnings of The Challenge, she wants them to understand that she’s not in her early 20s anymore. And she’s unafraid to clap back at those who think she needs to look a certain way.

On April 29, Sorbello talked to Nikki Blonsky on Instagram Live. And the topic of Sorbello’s image was brought up.

“I started [The Challenge] when I was 23 or 24 years old,” Sorbello noted while speaking to Blonsky about aging in the world of reality TV. “And I’m about to be 34 in May. So people are like, ‘You’ve changed so much.’ I’m like, it’s been 10 years. I’m 34 now. ‘You don’t even look the same.’ … It’s been 10 years. I don’t look like I’m 23 anymore ’cause I’m f*cking not.”

Blonsky then added that she’d rather feel young than look young. To that, Sorbello couldn’t lie — and it was clear she felt the opposite. She then added that The Challenge really knew how to catch her in all of her worst looks, though, so nothing gets worse than that.

Will Sorbello return to the show we all know and love? We’re hoping so!

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