Ronda Rousey is the formerly UNDEFEATED UFC Women's Bantamweight champion and she just took home the ESPY for Best Female Athlete and for Best Fighter (a category that also included 4 men). She's amazing. Hands down.
If fighting isn't your thing, you might recognize Rousey from her roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7
, or the Entourage
sat down with Rousey to talk to her about a whole host of things including body image, her greatest fear and what she likes to do for kicks. Check out some of what she had to say:
Cosmo: You said that you purposefully tried to gain weight and get out of your best fighting shape before stripping down to pose for the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Why?
Rousey: I felt like I was much too small for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating the epitome of a woman. I wanted to be at my most feminine shape, and I don't feel my most attractive at 135 pounds, which is the weight I fight at. At 150 pounds, I feel like I'm at my healthiest and my strongest and my most beautiful.
Cosmo: Considering the amazing shape you're in, it's hard to believe that you ever suffered from body image issues while you were growing up, but you did. What was that like for you?
Rousey: I grew up as an athlete doing judo, so I didn't really have a conventional, feminine body type. I grew up thinking that because my body type was uncommon [i.e., athletic], it was a bad thing. Now that I'm older, I've really begun to realize that I'm really proud that my body has developed for a purpose and not just to be looked at.
But to be honest, it took a lot of time to develop a healthier relationship with food and with my weight. My mind was backward. I thought I wanted my body to look a certain way so I could be happy. But it got to the point where I didn't feel I looked good at 135 pounds, the weight that qualifies me for the weight class that I fight in. Now I only try to maintain my fighting weight for a couple hours a year — right before weigh-ins. Afterward, I maintain a weight where I'm not starving or feeling weak, which makes me happier.
Cosmo: You've said that you want to show people the non-fighter side of you. What's that side like?
Rousey: I don't talk as much. I like to sit and listen to everything going on in the room, and I don't move off the couch. My life is so active, and I'm fighting the whole day that I don't have any aggressiveness or any energy outside of fighting. I'm the most chill couch potato you could ever meet. I just like to hang out with my dog and watch Planet Earth
documentaries, play Taichi Panda [laughs
]. I'm actually really lame, to be honest. I don't party at all, and I'm pretty lame to hang out with.
Cosmo: Is there anything that you're scared of?
Rousey: Failure. I'm scared of failure so much more than any of the other girls I compete against that I work so much harder than they possibly could. I'm totally down with spiders and frogs and heights and snakes — everything, I'm cool with it. But I have such a huge fear of failure that I go to bed every night thinking about all the possible ways that I can succeed. It's an endless loop of, "I have to make it work. I have to succeed. I have to work. I have to win." And it's that fear that makes me work harder even though I'm already on top.
Cosmo: How do you draw the line between success and failure in your personal life?
Rousey: If I go to bed happy at the end of the day, then that's success. If I go to bed sad, then I guess that's failure. And in my personal life, I've actually been going to bed happy every single night lately, and I feel pretty successful right now.
Told you she's amazing! For more of the interview, go here
What do you think about what she had to say? When do you feel your most beautiful? How do you define success and failure in your life? Share with us!
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