Back in February, UFC Women’s Champion and With Leather’s First Lady of Fighting, Ronda Rousey, discussed her newfound status as a sex symbol on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Of this new and growing fascination and adoration that men and women alike have established for her, Rousey said:
“I don’t really see myself as a sex symbol because ever since people started calling me a sex symbol, I haven’t had less sex in my life. It’s not really working out great for me. People bring that up all the time. I’m like, Look, you’re right. I probably get more attention fighting because of how I look, but if I didn’t know how to fight and I just looked the way I did, no one would know who I am.”
I think she meant that she’s had less sex, and that’s a shame, because [insert stupid, generic macho BS line here] but the fact remains that she is a sex symbol, because she is very attractive and charming, and she did grace the cover of the ESPN Body Issue sans clothing.
And sure, it’s adorable that she referred to her completely naked body as her “cash and prizes” while refusing to ever pose for Playboy, but they’re still somewhat on display in her newest magazine appearance – a tastefully naked spread in Maxim‘s Hot 100.