The Body Issue of ESPN is a series of nude photos of famous athletes done once a year as a study of the athletic form. Much of the writing in and around the issue focuses on glamorizing an athletic figure, where in the past it was often looked at as too extreme. In a quote from Rousey in the magazine pages, she mentioned that she, now considered a sex symbol, was mocked for her physique when she was younger.
“When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine,” said Rousey. “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.”
See the video of the nude photo shoot after the jump.