She’s not fighting again until November, but that doesn’t mean Ronda Rousey is sitting at home being a ‘do nothing bitch’.
The UFC Champ has gone and made history by appearing on 1/3 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 covers alongside Hailey Clauson and ‘plus-size’ model Ashley Graham, wearing naught but an expertly-painted Camilla swimsuit.
Such an honor to share the cover with @theashleygraham and @haileyclauson for @si_swimsuit’s issue celebrating women of all body types?????? Pic by the brilliant @fredericpinet Body paint by artistic genius @joannegair
“It’s a real honor being part of such a historic issue that really pays homage to different body types of women and not promoting just one cookie cutter image for every woman, but showing that the healthiest version of every body type is the sexiest version out there,” RR said in a statement.
Kiwi artist Joanne Gair spent 14 hours painstakingly painting Ronda’s naked body for the cover (there are two different versions), a sneak peak of which you can enjoy in this sexual BTS video:
[Didn’t watch? It basically consists of the SI team calling out ‘Ronda, you look amazing. Fucking amazing. Wow.’]
When the SI team first conceptualised the body paint cover with Ronda in mind, they were nervous about coming face-to-face with the #1 badass bitch.
“This was my first time working with Ronda and I truly did not know what to expect,” says Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day. “I was honestly really nervous going into it. Her public persona is that she’s a fighter. She’s tough and brutal in the ring. Outwardly there’s an assumption that she’s closed off and hard to reach.
“The reality is that once you get to know her, she’s fascinating. She’s mesmerizing. And she’s also equally feminine, warm and relatable. After you shoot with her for a day, you realize where the worldwide frenzy comes from.”
Check the other two covers:
Cue the mag sales frenzy in 3… 2… 1.
Source and photo: Sports Illustrated.