Paige VanZant is known to many for her MMA career, though the 27-year-old Oregon native has made inroads in the modeling world, as well.
The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship star is on the list of notable athletes to have posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
VanZant posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2019.
“I was unbelievably shocked that SI Swimsuit called and asked if I would be apart of their magazine. I have constantly been having to prove to the world and UFC fans that you can be beautiful and a bad ass at the same time. Well, now it’s my moment to shine,” she told SI.com.
VanZant opened up in 2019 about her experience with the magazine.
“This is my way of not holding anything back. I want people to know that you don’t have to choose. You do not have to label yourself as one thing because that’s what surrounds you. I’m not scared anymore to show how girly I am. To go from an amazing UFC finish win in January, to shooting for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine in February could not be more of a dream come true.”
The 2021 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be out later this month.
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