She may be the undefeated UFC champ, but Ronda Rousey wants to achieve even more – not just for herself, but for all women.
“I would love to be considered a figure of social change,” the 28-year-old fighter says in the November issue of Self.
Rousey, who has repeatedly fought back against body-shamers, has had enough of women being criticized for how they look. “I want to see the standards that women hold themselves to change,” she says. “In terms of looks, I feel like we’re given an impossible standard to live up to. It should be more diverse and show that every single woman can attain an attractive body just by being as healthy as possible. I don’t think that’s an impossible goal.”
As for her personal aspiration, the champion fighter says she’d like to “retire undefeated and be remembered as one of the great fighters of all time — and not have the word ‘woman’ need to be in there.”
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But the hard-core athlete still loves her curves.
“I’ve learned to appreciate all the forms [my body] can take. I love feeling like I’m inhabiting the body of a ninja — like I could rob a liquor store with my bare hands if I wanted to — but I also like when I eat a little more, fill out and get a little bit curvier. I feel more feminine.”
Although Rousey is super disciplined when it comes to nutrition and working out, she likes to indulge after a fight — and hot wings are a favorite.
“I eat about fifty hot wings. I love hot wings. After my last fight, one of the UFC owners flew in a private chef from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro so that he could make me hot wings, because there are no hot wings in Rio! That’s how important they are to me.”
–Sheila Cosgrove Baylis