Ronda Rousey body paint
Ronda Rousey has once again posed for Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue after making her debut in 2015, raising the stakes her second time around.
The former UFC champ will join a group of other featured models wearing nothing but body paint for the 2016 edition.
And although the official images have not yet been released, SI Swimsuit tweeted a sneak peek Wednesday of Rousey sitting oceanside.
Take a look:
— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) January 7, 2016
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion is helping mixed martial arts (MMA) fans put a name booty to a face, after Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor M.J. Day leaked a handful of photos proving that “Rowdy” is the owner of these black-and-white cheeks.
Back for her second year, Ronda Rousey will join an elite club of body-painted swimsuit models in the 2016 SI Swimsuit issue. Yep, you read that right. Ronda will wearing NOTHING BUT PAINT on the pages of our magazine next month. So what could be better? Well, as it turns out, the beach in Grenada where we shot Ronda’s gorgeous photos is public, so some eager paparazzi got a few early snaps. That means Christmas is coming again, folks! We’re sharing a few BTS shots that are sure to tie you over until our official images of Ronda hit newsstands next month.
SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared her own behind-the-scenes teaser from the shoot, picturing just Ronda’s back and behind in the body paint one-piece.
Taken during the publication’s current exotic shoot, Day uploaded the picture alongside the caption: ‘#instabooty if #2016 keeps going like this then I’m going to be one happy happy girl! #bootypaint #siswimsuit.’
See more pics here.
Initially, Sports Illustrated refused to confirm her appearance in the upcoming issue, simply writing on its official website: ‘Isn’t the idea of Ronda donning nothing but paint enough to tie you over until the issue comes out in February? A body-painted spread in SI Swimsuit would truly be a comeback for the ages!’
Today, however — perhaps due to the release of the paparazzi images — the magazine confirmed that she is coming back for a second year.
Rousey is slowly but surely coming out of hiding after last November’s knockout loss to Holly Holm. In fact, the Olympian has even agreed to host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23, 2016 on NBC (more on that here). I guess that’s one way to keep busy during her self-imposed hiatus.
Here are some shots from her previous SI photo shoot.