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Prepare To Be Surprised By Ronda Rousey's Swimsuit On The Sports Illustrated Cover

Emma Loewe
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January 9, 2016
Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
Emma Loewe is the Senior Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us."
January 9, 2016

2015 was a big year for Ronda Rousey.

We watched in awe as she dominated competitors in record time and served up badass comebacks to anyone who doubted her or women in general. She was undefeated until November, when a knockout by competitor Holly Holm left her unable to enter the ring for six months due to a mandated medical suspension.

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But America's favorite fighter clearly isn't letting the blow hold her back. She's already making waves in 2016 with her unconventional cover shoot for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

Instead of traditional covers celebrating thin models in revealing bikinis, this year's will feature Rousey's athletic frame highlighted by a painted-on one-piece. That's right — her suit will be made entirely of body paint.

In a behind the scenes SI video, the UFC champ said that she had no hesitations about signing on for the shoot.

"There shouldn't be just one cookie-cutter body type that everyone is aspiring to be," she said.

Sports Illustrated editor, MJ Day, posted a teaser photo of Rousey's curve-hugging suit to Instagram earlier this week, but you'll have to wait until next month to see the final product hit stands.

Photo by Instagram

Previous swimsuit issue covers have been called out for objectifying women, so it's refreshing to see one that celebrates a powerful, in-control female. Strong really is the new skinny. And body paint really might be the new cotton.

OK, maybe not. While we won't be gracing the beaches in acrylic this summer (the sand and paint combo seems pretty troublesome), we applaud Rousey for doing so and proving that a knock-out body can take on many shapes and sizes.

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Emma Loewe
Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director

Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.

Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.