Introducing Ronda Rousey, top female cage fighter in the world and Sports Illustrated model
If you haven’t already heard of Ronda Rousey, you will soon.
The 28-year-old graces the pages of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, alongside Caroline Wozniacki, Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk.
Ronda is the current UFC women's bantamweight champion but also dabbles in acting and modelling.
The top women's fighter in the world has roles in two films due out this year - Furious 7 and Entourage.
The California native is no stranger to posing for the camera, having made her debut in the ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ in 2012.
“The ESPN Body Issue is about celebrating the peak of human potential and the kind of form the human body, when specialized, can really look like,” the MMA champion told For The Win.
The Swimsuit Issue has a lot more [of a] sexual side to it, while I don’t think the Body Issue is overtly sexual whereas Sports Illustrated is,” she added.
When approached to appear in the issue (a coveted high profile job for American models) Ronda said she made certain changes to her lifestyle.
“The difference in how I approached it is when I posed for ESPN Body, I really tried to be a lot more cut and a lot more close to my prime fighting shape because I was being photographed as a fighter and trying to look more like a fighter.”
“I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in top fight shape look but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive. It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”
“The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue always seemed to use a lot more real women and as the years have gone on, I think that has increased and really affected how people perceive women and what they should look like."
“They use all kinds of body types and use real women, not genetic freakish gazelles of people that look beautiful, but it’s a very small percentage of the population that looks like that.”