UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (10-0) has just signed an endrosement deal with clothing brand Buffalo David Bitton, and discussed the development and related issues in a recent interview with Rosemary Feitelberg and Women's Wear Daily. According to the interview, the "Rowdy" one is not worried about being viewed as any less lethal because of her movie roles or jeans photo shoots.
The reason is simple. "It’s impossible for people to not take me seriously as an athlete because I’m the best in the world," she said.
"That gives me a lot of leeway to do whatever I want outside of it. That’s the great thing about fighting in sports: It is so definite. You are the undisputed champion of the world. No one can take that away from you, regardless of how many movies or model shoots you do."
No argument from us on that, Ronda. We also enjoyed what Rousey had to say about how she prepares for photo shoots.
The fighter said that, perhaps unlike many other cover boys and girls, she doesn't starve herself or even worry too much about her weight, heading into photo shoots. "Every single time I do a shoot, I try to do it at a weight I can maintain," the former Judo Olympian said.
"With the ESPN Body issue, I got a little bit lighter because ESPN tries to capture the human body at its highest potential. With anything else - like Maxim or the car magazine shoot I did in Brazil that is about femininity and not athleticism‚ I purposefully try to go in a little bit heavier, at a weight I can chill at and not have to cut down to. I want to be looking how I would on any given Wednesday."
Rousey says she doesn't want to be a part of young women having poor body images because of what they see in magazines. "It’s important to have proper role models and to have proper sexual role models," she explained.
"Growing up, I would see all these chicks in magazines who looked nothing like me at all, and I thought there was something wrong with me. In middle school and high school, the boys I had crushes on were pawing at girls in magazines or just talking about girls who looked nothing like me. I love all the Dove commercials that are about the empowerment of women."
Like just about everything else, Ronda Rousey seems to be doing acting and modeling her way. Hit 'em up, champ.