On the April 13, 2015 episode of Raw, she was the last Diva eliminated in a #1 Contender's battle royal, which was won by Paige. After the match ended, the evil Naomi attacked Paige during her post-match interview; including tossing her three times towards the barrier. In her own interview after her heel turn, Naomi laughed evilly after feigning remorse for her attack towards Paige, and later claimed that she has been held back due to the many opportunities given to Divas such as AJ Lee and Paige, and that it's all about her now. Naomi also said that she's no longer waiting for opportunities; she's taking them.
The following week, Naomi competed in her first match as a villainous Diva; a victorious effort over Brie Bella. Three nights later on SmackDown, Naomi defeated Natalya and later kicked her after the match to show off her new heel persona. At Extreme Rules, Naomi entered with a new villainous look, which included shades and a black vested cape, but she failed to defeat Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship. On the May 4 episode of Raw, Naomi was scheduled to face Nikki however, she and the returning Tamina Snuka attacked both Nikki and Brie.