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Who needs a string bikini when you can just wear body paint? Ronda Rousey posed for Sports Illustrated‘s 2016 Swimsuit Issue covered in nothing but watercolor. “I was one of the lucky few chosen to be a canvas for a hand painted masterpiece,” Rousey posted on Instagram, revealing that the process took a mere 14 hours. “I can’t wait to show you guys the final pics the when the issue hits stands!”
For the 2016 issue, the MMA fighter flew to Grenada to pose for noted photographer Frederic Pinet. Sports Illustrated teased Rousey’s appearance in the magazine with a few behind-the-scenes photos in an effort to scoop the paparazzi. The paint is inspired by a popular We Are Handsome swimsuit.
This is the MMA fighter’s second time posing for the famed issue. In 2015, she posed for the magazine in a sexy halter swimsuit. As gorgeous as last year’s swimsuit-clad photos were, we’re sure nothing compares to her body paint images which hit newsstands next month.
Secret’s out – so here’s a free preview of this year’s 2016 SI swimsuit issue … I was one of the lucky few chosen to be a canvas for a hand painted masterpiece by @joannegair that took 14 hours to put on and photographed by the brilliant @fredericpinet – these are just behind the scenes shots taken with a phone’s camera, can’t wait to show you guys the final pics the when the issue hits stands! Link in bio