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Should Ronda Rousey Pose Nude for Playboy? Fan's View

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In the wake of Ronda Rousey's recent decision to bare all for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, perhaps she would be open to the idea of posing nude for Playboy.

Opposed to the idea in January

On Jan. 11, a fan asked Rousey via Twitter if she would ever consider posing for Playboy, the iconic men's magazine that has been around since 1953. The fan tweeted "y not playboy? got something to hide? :-)." Rousey responded "yeah, it's called my vajayjay-no one should be able to see it for $5!"

That same week, she tweeted "@BillCollektr: @RondaRousey would you ever pose for Maxim or mags like that?" maxim, sure, playboy, no."

Drawing The Line At Maxim?

Judging by those comments, it seemed that Rousey drew the line at photo shoots that kept her covered up at least to the point of what she would typically wear at a beach. She even took a shot at UFC ring girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer, who both recently posed for Playboy.

"With all these ring girls and their v***** - all of this goes back to advice my mom gave me. She gave me this one piece of advice, which I still hold dear," Rousey said in a bjpenn.com report. "[My mom said 'Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.' So, whatever I'm not gonna show on a beach, I'm not gonna show in a magazine. These [UFC ring girls who appeared in Playboy] are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy's (explicit), and (explicit), are all over the place."

Posing Nude For ESPN

Flash forward seven months. Rousey bared all for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, which will be on newsstand shelves on July 13.

Compare her comments from January to what she had to say in a recent interview to promote ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, where she seemed to embrace the concept of posing nude for men's magazines.

"I work hard. I'm proud of how I look," she said. "It's something that should be celebrated. I can finally put my past [self-conscience] issues behind me and be comfortable naked around people."

ESPN's The Body Issue vs Playboy

In my view, there's not a huge difference between appearing 'artistically nude' in ESPN's The Body Issue and posing for Playboy.

Playboy is one of the classiest of all men's magazines, perhaps even moreso than Maxim. It has been around since the early-1950s and featured the images of some of the most famous Hollywood stars and athletes of the past six decades.

Much like ESPN the Magazine attempts to celebrate athlete's bodies with their annual Body Issue, Playboy is a celebration of the female form.

Their photo shoots are comparable to what Rousey agreed to for ESPN, as they never portray females in an explicitly sexual way. Everything is done with style and grace, which is why Playboy continues to be a powerhouse in the year 2012.

Playboy's circulation is well over the 1.5 million mark, so an appearance by Rousey would also help to raise the national profile of women's MMA in a classy manner.

Should Ronda Rousey change her stance on posing for Playboy? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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