Ronda Rousey is known for her hard-hitting moves in the ring, and she’s also proving to be just as tough when it comes to standing up for body positivity. Her features in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue and major fashion campaigns with Buffalo by David Bitton have shown the world that strong is sexy, but Rousey hasn’t always been the confident woman that we all know today. When the 29-year-old was a little girl, she struggled to recognize her own beauty.
“I was confident enough in every area except for my looks,” Rousey, tells SELF. “I wish that when I was younger I knew how pretty I was because I had no clue, and it made me feel very sad.” Now, she’s more confident than ever, and she has inspired so many others through her own self-acceptance. “I know how pretty I am now, and it makes me happy,” says Rousey. “It’s not like I suddenly became pretty, it just took time to realize it.”
Ronda Rousey continues to spread her message of positivity through her latest campaign with Buffalo. The brand tapped Rousey to model its new denim line called HOPE. It’s a range made to fit curvy bodies like a glove, and Rousey is happy to be the face of a collection that is made with all shapes and sizes in mind. “I’ve got wide hips, a narrow waist, big butt and legs,” she says proudly.
Rousey couldn’t be more confident in who she is, and she believes that more brands should celebrate the beauty in diversity. “All types of women wear clothes,” says Rousey. “We don’t see supermodels walking around in clothes and everyone else streaking. So, you have to show clothes being worn in a way that the customer can relate to, and that’s something I think we really conveyed in this Buffalo campaign. That enhancing and embracing whatever curves your body type has is a good thing!”
Rousey certainly is a stunner, and her latest campaign is photographic proof. Scroll down to see the martial arts pro work the camera.