Ronda Rousey: ‘I Love Feeling Like I’m Inhabiting the Body of a Ninja’

10/20/2015 at 09:01 AM ET

Ronda Rousey
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She may be the undefeated UFC champ, but Ronda Rousey wants to achieve even more – not just for herself, but for all women.

“I would love to be considered a figure of social change,” the 28-year-old fighter says in the November issue of Self.

Rousey, who has repeatedly fought back against body-shamers, has had enough of women being criticized for how they look. “I want to see the standards that women hold themselves to change,” she says. “In terms of looks, I feel like we’re given an impossible standard to live up to. It should be more diverse and show that every single woman can attain an attractive body just by being as healthy as possible. I don’t think that’s an impossible goal.”

Ronda Rousey
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As for her personal aspiration, the champion fighter says she’d like to “retire undefeated and be remembered as one of the great fighters of all time — and not have the word ‘woman’ need to be in there.”

Ronda Rousey
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But the hard-core athlete still loves her curves.

“I’ve learned to appreciate all the forms [my body] can take. I love feeling like I’m inhabiting the body of a ninja — like I could rob a liquor store with my bare hands if I wanted to — but I also like when I eat a little more, fill out and get a little bit curvier. I feel more feminine.”

Ronda Rousey
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Although Rousey is super disciplined when it comes to nutrition and working out, she likes to indulge after a fight — and  hot wings are a favorite.

“I eat about fifty hot wings. I love hot wings. After my last fight, one of the UFC owners flew in a private chef from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro so that he could make me hot wings, because there are no hot wings in Rio! That’s how important they are to me.”

–Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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tommis on

She’s annoying.

maryhelenc on

I love her.

Tim on

All that power, strength, poise, training, undefeated record and the best aspiration she can think of is to rob a liquor store with her bare hands.

ATX on

I freaking idolize this woman, she’s so kickass!

Charlie Waffles on

Ronda makes one hot Ninja!

Willis on

I’M a huge fan of your’s miss RR and I think your an inspiration to all woman. Your not just beautiful your smart and you have lost of ambition, you know what you want. Your mom did a very good job at raising you also. You get that rematch and kick Holly’s #$$.