Paige VanZant is one of the fiercest female fighters in the world, but the 27-year-old MMA star is more than just a fighter.
Back in 2019, VanZant posed for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Following her shoot with the magazine, she shared an honest admission.
“This is my way of not holding anything back. I want people to know that you don’t have to choose. You do not have to label yourself as one thing because that’s what surrounds you. I’m not scared anymore to show how girly I am. To go from an amazing UFC finish win in January, to shooting for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine in February could not be more of a dream come true,” she said.
VanZant added that it was a dream come true.
“I was unbelievably shocked that SI Swimsuit called and asked if I would be apart of their magazine. I have constantly been having to prove to the world and UFC fans that you can be beautiful and a bad ass at the same time. Well, now it’s my moment to shine,” she told SI.com.
PAIGE. VANZANT. 💕 pic.twitter.com/bP5CDWFl7B
— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) May 10, 2019
VanZant is one of several notable athletes to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Alex Morgan, Genie Bouchard, Lindsey Vonn, Paige Spiranac and Maria Sharapova, among others, have all posed for the issue.
The 2021 Sports Illustrated issue featured a notable athlete in tennis superstar Naomi Osaka.
Photos from the 2021 issue can be seen here.
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