Confirmed: Ronda Rousey to appear in 2016 Swimsuit Issue (pic)
The Internet lost its collective mind when a photograph was “leaked” on Instagram of an unidentified individual donning body paint that appeared to tease Ronda Rousey’s possible presence in the 2016 SI Swimsuit Issue.
The pic, posted by MJ Day, the assistant Managing Editor for Sports Illustrated for the swimsuit issue, instantly created a massive buzz.
It was essentially confirmed early on — thanks to some savvy sleuthing — that the photograph was of Rousey.
After one day of rabid speculation, the proverbial cat has indeed been let out of the bag as Sports Illustrated has confirmed that the MMA fighter will be featured in the upcoming edition of the annual, best-selling magazine.
Andy Gray tweeted out a pic from Rousey’s photo shoot, which was done at a beach in Grenada.
It's official! @RondaRousey will appear in body paint in SI Swimsuit 2016: https://t.co/Nll6aSynRU pic.twitter.com/cKbLFM6nVp
— Andy Gray (@AndyGray35) January 7, 2016
It will be the second time Rousey will appear in the iconic issue. She has also appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” but only after someone gave her a good reason to do so.