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Historic Rousey nabs SI swimsuit issue cover

Rousey will be on one of three versions of the SI swimsuit issue cover (Courtesy: Sports Illustrated)

Ronda Rousey is a fighter, an actor and now a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model.

The former UFC champion made history Saturday, Feb. 13, when she joined Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson as the first trio of cover models for the annual SI Swimsuit edition. The three different covers were revealed during a television special Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed following the NBA Skills Challenge on TNT.



"The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit," SI Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day said after the unveiling. "All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not 'one size fits all.' Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year's issue.

"Ronda Rousey is a cultural phenomenon. She is the perfect combination of beauty, brains, brawn and humility. She possesses a spirit bigger than the space around her, and it is both infectious and inspiring. She's a Phoenix, as fiery and beautiful as any mythical creature ever depicted."

The 2016 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is available on newsstands on Monday, Feb. 15. 

Photo courtesy: Sports Illustrated

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