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Ronda Rousey Is Your 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

On Saturday evening, TMZ announced that Ronda Rousey will grace the 2016 cover of Sports Illustrated: Swim, and she will be joined by fellow models Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson. Last year, Graham became the first plus-sized model to grace the issue (even though it was an ad campaign). Now Graham is stepping into the big time with a cover of her own. Yep, there’s no joint cover! The magazine is doing up three separate glossies for all three lovely ladies.

In a very special, drawn-out ceremony, Nick Cannon did the announcing honors. There’s a lot of goodies here to unpack, but first, here’s a first look at the covers.

Before the big announcement, Elle Macpherson accepted the Julie Campbell Award. She also posted a fantastic throwback photo on Twitter.

In addition to the cover goodness, here’s a behind the scenes video (featuring Rousey) of the bodypainting process. If you’ll recall, Rousey’s advance bodypaint images created quite a stir and for good reason. Congrats to Rousey, Graham, and Clauson.

(Via SI: Swim)

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