Fighter Ronda Rousey On Gaining 15 Lbs.: 'I'm at My Most Beautiful'
Before stripping down for the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Rousey gained 15 lbs. to feel her "most attractive"
When UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, 28, signed on to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2015, she wanted to be at her most beautiful – and that meant gaining weight.
“I felt like I was much too small for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating the epitome of a woman. I wanted to be at my most feminine shape, and I don’t feel my most attractive at 135 lbs., which is the weight I fight at,” Rousey told Cosmopolitan.com. “At 150 lbs., I feel like I’m at my healthiest and my strongest and my most beautiful.”
“I grew up thinking that because my body type was uncommon [i.e., athletic], it was a bad thing,” she told Cosmo. “Now that I’m older, I’ve really begun to realize that my body has developed for a purpose and not just to be looked at.”
Rousey admits that it took her a long time to develop a healthy relationship with food and her weight. “My mind was backward. I thought I wanted my body to look a certain way so I could be happy,” she said.
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Rousey said she finally figured out how to balance the weight requirements of her job with her own well-being – and with that discovery came happiness.
“Now I only try to maintain my fighting weight for a couple hours a year – right before weigh-ins. Afterward, I maintain a weight where I’m not starving or feeling weak, which makes me happier.”