MMA star Paige VanZant joined the list of notable athletes to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue back in 2019.
The former UFC star, who now competes in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, made her debut in the iconic magazine two years ago.
“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 to be in the magazine.
“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.
VanZant has shared some of her top Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photos on social media.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit released a behind-the-scenes look, too.
PAIGE. VANZANT. 💕 pic.twitter.com/bP5CDWFl7B
— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) May 10, 2019
A bunch of big-time athletes have posed for the magazine over the years.
The 2021 edition of the magazine can be seen online here.