connectVideoUFC’s Paige VanZant reveals she was raped
UFC fighter Paige VanZant writes about being raped in high school in her new book, ‘Rise: the Survival of the Fight of My Life.”
UFC star Paige VanZant shared new photos of her steamy Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot.
This year’s problem featured a number of female athletes, ranging from cover model and soccer star Alex Morgan to Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and of course VanZant.
She shared a new photo of her set with SI earlier this week on Instagram.
In April, VanZant told SI that they are saying yes to more modeling possibilities, and the so-called Sports Illustrated, the “pinnacle” of her career so far.
“I was incredibly shocked that SI Swimsuit called and asked if I would be apart of their magazine,” she admitted.
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“I’m constantly having to prove to the world, and UFC fans that you can be beautiful and badass at the same time. Well, now it is my time to shine,” said VanZant SI.com.
“This is my way of not holding anything back. I want people to know that you don’t have to choose. You don’t need to label yourself as one thing, because that is what surrounds you. I’m not afraid anymore to show how girly I am,” she added.
The 25-year-old concluded: “To a great UFC finish win in January, to the video shoot for ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’ magazine in February couldn’t have been more of a dream come true.”
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She said that her love for fighting in the octagon, “It is who I am.”
“I walked into a gym one day and I realized that I was home. I started my career right when I was 18. It’s a rush. It is a commitment. Day in and day out, sacrificing and grinding for the most amazing feeling in the world, getting your hand raised after a hard fight,” she said.
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VanZant posed for the camera on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.