Not one but three women graces the cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, each with a very different body type.
"It's a nod to female empowerment," a source told E! News.
Rousey is one of several models in the issue who does not wear a swimsuit, but rather body paint, a tactic used before. She appears as though she is wearing a one-piece, colorful, printed Camilla Resort 2016 swimsuit while sitting on the sand. It took artist Joanne Gait 14 hours to paint the outfit.
She and the magazine had teased her racy photo shoot last month. Rousey, who is on a hiatus from fighting after losing her the Women's Bantamweight championship title at UFC 193 to Holly Holm in November, made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue last year.