UFC star Paige VanZant has been hitting up the beaches in anticipation of her appearance in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And judging by the videos and photos that have surfaced, VanZant alone will make the magazine a must-have issue.
A recent video from Sports Illustrated shows a brief clip of VanZant’s shoot from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
And, well, just have a look.
VanZant recently discussed her decision to appear in the annual issue.
“I feel like when you’re in Sports Illustrated, that means you make it,” VanZant said when speaking about her appearance in the latest edition of the magazine. “So it’s a really big deal. I’m mostly excited for people to see this side of me. I think people do forget that, yes, I’m a professional fighter … I punch people in the face for a living. But you can look really cute, too.”
This year, fans of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will have to wait until May to receive their edition.
“When Sports Illustrated launched SI Swimsuit in 1964, they chose February because back then there was a gap in sports,” said SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day, via SI Swim.com. “But now there is no shortage of sports events in winter, so moving the issue to May aligns us perfectly with the joy that comes with the start of summer. I love the way this year’s issue is shaping up – it’s sexy but also shatters perceptions while being an empowering celebration of our incredible models.”
Additional sneak peeks rom the 2019 SI Swimsuit Issue featuring VanZant can be seen below.