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Look: Paige VanZant's Best Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos

Former MMA star turned Bare Knuckle boxer Paige VanZant is among those who have posed for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

VanZant, who's become one of the most-followed athletes in the mixed martial arts world, posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2019.

“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 said it was truly 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

Some of VanZant's best photos while posing for the magazine have been shared on social media.

Shooting for the 2022 edition of the popular magazine is underway.

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