The internet went into frenzy as we reported yesterday that Ronda Rousey might pose naked for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.
Rumours of Ronda posing naked for the Swimsuit edition of SI first surfaced after SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day posted a photograph of a woman’s posterior in a grey and black patterned swimsuit body paint design on his Instagram account. The model in the photograph bears the same tattoos that Ronda has on her wrist that of a Kodokan flower Judo emblem inking on her right wrist, and UFC Octagon on her left, inked by famous tattoo artist, Hilmar Ramos.
There was no official confirmation but now the cat is finally out of the bag and Ronda herself confirmed the news on Instagram.
Ronda confirmed on Thursday through her Instagram that she will indeed be featuring in the 2016 SI Swimsuit Issue wearing nothing but only bodypaint. Alongside a picture of her from the shoot, she posted: “Secret’s out – so here’s a free preview of this year’s 2016 SI swimsuit issue … I was one of the lucky few chosen to be a canvas for a hand painted masterpiece by @joannegair that took 14 hours to put on and photographed by the brilliant @fredericpinet – these are just behind the scenes shots taken with a phone’s camera, can’t wait to show you guys the final pics the when the issue hits stands!”
This will be Ronda’s second appearance for the magazine. She donned a selection of black swimsuits for the last year’s Swimsuit edition and looked every bit the glamorous and ravishing woman.
The official statement says: “Back for her second year, Ronda Rousey will join an elite club of body-painted swimsuit models in the 2016 SI Swimsuit issue. Yep, you read that right. Ronda will be wearing NOTHING BUT PAINT on the pages of our magazine next month.”
Official and paparazzi photos show the 28-year-old Californian posing for the Sports Illustrated team covered only in body paint that was made to look like a curve-clinging one-piece bathing suit, reports Mail Online.
The steamy Caribbean photoshoot also sees Ronda perched on a rock among some trees and is looking flawless as ever.
Ronda is also set to host the Saturday Night Live show on January 23 and will appear alongside musical guest Selena Gomez.