Former UFC Fighter Paige VanZant Rocks Pastels in SI Swimsuit Feature in Puerto Vallarta

The professional wrestler was photographed by Walter Chin in 2019.
Paige VanZant.

Paige VanZant.

Professional wrestler, boxer and mixed martial artist Paige VanZant is more than a triple threat. She also can model a teeny tiny bikini on the beach and look absolutely fabulous. The former UFC fighter was featured in the 2019 SI Swimsuit Issue.

“I was unbelievably shocked that SI Swimsuit called and asked if I would be a part of their magazine. I have constantly been having to prove to the world and UFC fans that you can be beautiful and a badass at the same time. Well, now it’s my moment to shine,” she said while on location with photographer Walter Chin in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “This is my way of not holding anything back. I want people to know that you don’t have to choose. You do not have to label yourself as one thing because that’s what surrounds you. I’m not scared anymore to show how girly I am.”

When VanZant is not in the arena or ring, she is building her social media presence and creating content for Instagram, or working on her apparel, accessories and homeware brand.

Below are five of our favorite photos from VanZant’s 2019 photo shoot.


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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.