Get ready for maybe the fiercest magazine cover you've seen all year, because Ronda Rousey covered Self magazine, according to Racked, and it is basically fashion gone badass. I'm thinking we need way more spreads like this. Luckily, fashion is definitely on Rousey's radar.
After telling the New York Times earlier in October that she had a list of fashion brands (including Stuart Weitzman and Helmut Lang) she wanted to work with, it looks like Rousey is starting to make her mark on fashion. Self magazine put the UFC fighter on the November cover, and it's the best blend of high fashion and athleticism that I've seen to date.
The editorial is set in the desert, with Rousey wearing clothing by designers Prabal Gurung and Proenza Schouler, including one-pieces and a pretty amaze red bra top/black pants combo. Her poses are so powerful, but still have this artistic softness to them — and then of course, there are plenty of inspiring quotes.
Rousey talked about why the standards women hold themselves to need to change. "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," she told Self. Yes on every level.
She's everything fashion has been missing.
And because you can never have enough empowerment, here are five other Ronda Rousey-isms to live by.
On Challenging Yourself
“People will mock you when they see that you are emotionally ravaged by caring so much. But it is exactly that passion that separates you from them; it is that passion that makes you the best," she wrote in her memoir.
"Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, 'How dare you assume I should think less of myself? The problem isn't me thinking I can achieve any goal I set for myself, the problem is you projecting your own self doubt onto me," she said.
On Her Body
"I think it's hilarious if someone says my body looks masculine or something, I'm like; 'Listen, just because my body was developed for something other than f*cking millionaires, doesn’t mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothin' b*tch,'" she said.
On Her Self-Worth
"When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me "Miss Man." It wasn't until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I'm fabulous," she said.