Ronda Rousey Scores One of Three Covers for "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Edition, Explains Un-Sexy Details About Painted-On Swimsuit

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Ronda Rousey scored one of three coveted covers for the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. The UFC fighter makes history with her cover, too, as her swimsuit isn't made of fabric. Instead, it is painted on.

In a recent interview with People magazine, Ronda Rousey explains that the process of painting on said swimsuit isn't nearly as sexy as it may look.

“The most memorable thing was me bent over on a table while someone took a little paintbrush and just colored circles around my butthole,” she said. “And I was like, ‘I am not used to anything cold and wet being there.’ So it was really odd.”

“I’m standing there naked for 14 hours and shooting for all this time and at the end of the day, they’re like, ‘Do you want to eat? Do you want water? Do you want anything else?’ I’m like ‘No, I want a bra pronto. All other needs come later,’” she added.

Despite the awkwardness of the aforementioned scenario, Ronda Rousey is extremely excited to score one of the three Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition covers.

“This is like a dream I forgot to have and ended up having anyway,” she said. “I love that all the covers are three different body types in their healthiest form.”

Model Hailey Clauson and size 16 body activist/model Ashley Graham scored the other two covers.

Ronda Rousey says Ashley Graham's reaction to landing a cover was priceless.

“I don’t know if I felt more special getting the cover or being able to sit there and personally witness Ashley Graham’s reaction,” Rousey said. “I was already slightly girl crush obsessed with her, and she just met every expectation and more. She is an amazing human being and it made me so happy to see her that happy.”

Fans can check out Ronda Rousey, as well as Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson on their respective Sports Illustrated covers when they go on sale Monday.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.