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Why Ronda Rousey refused to lose weight for the SI Swimsuit Issue

Ronda Rousey is a veteran of both ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue and Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue.

In the video above from espnW, the MMA star opened up about the differences between the two shoots:

“The ESPN Body [Issue] … is about celebrating the epitome of what the human form is capable of, and something like the Swimsuit Issue or Maxim … I feel like that’s where you’re looking at the ideal feminine form. And so I purposefully do shoots like that in my walking weight. If I took my stuff off right now, I would look exactly like the Swimsuit Issue. That’s how I walk around.”

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey in the 2015 SI Swimsuit Issue, on sale now.
(Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated)

Rousey went on to explain her decision:

“I don’t cut weight like that. I don’t want the idea of what is good looking to be something that I look like — I’m 135 pounds for a few hours a year. How I look on the scale is not how I always look. And so, when I go on these magazines [shoots], I don’t want to tell a lie. It would be unhealthy for me to look like that every day.”


And when espnW‘s Allison Glock followed up by asking Rousey if people were still allowing her to be who she wants to be, her answer was very simple: “How could they stop me?”

Good question.

(Thanks to espnW for bringing this to our attention.)

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