Excuse us, as we cancel all Valentine’s Day plans to stay inside and drool over these sultry shots of Ronda Rousey.
When we found out earlier this year that the UFC knockout was going to grace Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, we were understandably hyped. Better yet, we learned that the butt-kicking babe was going to get butt-naked, with nothing but strategic and artfully-rendered body paint to keep her covered.
But nothing could have prepared us for her knockout cover, just unveiled by Sports Illustrated. Check it out below:
Rousey joins fellow bombshells Hailey Clauson and Ashley Graham, the plus-sized model who’s been heating up the industry. So there are three separate covers floating around and readers get their pick of which beauty they'd like to have on the coffee table. Is this what they mean by “choose you own adventure”?
This was a historic move for two reasons: One is that this is the first time Sports Illustrated has released three separate covers for its Swimsuit Issue. This also marks an exciting new acceptance of different shapes and sizes of models, as Graham is a size 16, a far cry from the 00 models we often see in magazines. And as far as we're concerned, she's also a 16 out of 10.
“All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not 'one size fits all,'” assistant managing editor MJ Day said in a statement.
And though Rousey looks right at home on the cover, she's also a daring choice, given her more muscular physique. "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," she said in a statement.
You can pick up one of these three issues on newsstands Monday. Given our track record with Rousey, I think you can guess which one we'd choose.