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Paige VanZant Shares New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos

Paige VanZant celebrates a victory in UFC.

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Paige VanZant celebrates defeating Felice Herrig in their women's strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Paige VanZant is one of several notable athletes featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The MMA star is one of the fiercest women in the sport, but she's also gotten into modeling.

She called being in this year's issue the "pinnacle" of her modeling career so far.

"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

VanZant added what being in the issue means to her:

"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's been sharing photos of her shoot on Instagram:

You can follow Paige for more photos from the shoot

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You can find me where the wild things are. ☀️🌴🌺 #siswimsuit

A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) on May 10, 2019 at 12:50pm PDT