Ronda Rousey gave her best attempt at breaking the internet when incredible photos emerged of her from Sports Illustrated, but the UFC star has explained why she decided to take part in the legendary SI Swimsuit Edition.
Rousey made history in her appearance in the magazine, become the first ever MMA fighter to grace the hallowed edition.
Speaking to For The Win in the aftermath of some of the pictures being released by Sports Illustrated as a preview for the official launch of the edition, Rousey called the annual release a “cultural standard” that she remembers paying attention to while growing up.
“The media directed at men with women is what women pay attention to the most. When it came to what standard I gave myself growing up and what I thought that I should look like, I was looking at the women that I could see the men I wanted found attractive,” Rousey said.
“I thought if this is what the guys I like like, then I should look like that. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wasn’t like Playboy or all those others. It wasn’t so fake and plastic.”
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Rousey is no stranger to appearing in magazine's wearing less than she would in one of her fights.
The women's bantamweight champion appeared nude in ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue back in 2012, but revealed that she believed her photoshoot with SI was a much sexier affair despite wearing more clothes.
“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," Rousey said.
"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."
You can judge the sexiness of the Sports Illustrated pictures here, with a preview that Rousey posted on her official Twitter account....
Rousey went on to reveal that she approached the two shoots very differently, saying that she tried to look like a fighter for ESPN and wanted to some curves for Sports Illustrated to make her feel more attractive and womanly rather than a physical marvel.
"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.”
I think it's safe to say that it worked.
Rousey has a busy couple of months of coming up. She defends her UFC title against challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in a couple of weeks time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After that Rousey will be sticking around in Hollywood for the releases of both Furious 7 and Entourage, as she breaks into the acting world with the same intensity she boasts inside the octagon.