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Ronda Rousey made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2015 with a powerful shoot in Captiva, Fla. The professional WWE fighter returned the following year for two body painting features including one in Great Exuma, Bahamas that landed her the coveted magazine cover.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue in ’12.
“When I posed for ESPN Body, I really tried to be a lot more cut and a lot more close to my prime fighting shape because I was being photographed as a fighter and trying to look more like a fighter,” she said in an interview with Business Insider on how she approached her SI Swimsuit shoot and ESPN feature differently. “I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in top fight shape look but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive. It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”
Below are eight of our favorite photos from her 2015 shoot with Walter Iooss Jr. in Captiva, Fla.