Throughout her mixed martial arts career, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has talked about body image issues she’s dealt with from the time she was barely a teenager all the way until now.
In high school, Rousey would wear baggier clothing after classmates shamed her for having muscular arms and shoulders. To this day, Rousey doesn’t flex when she poses at a weigh-in the day before a fight. She typically puts her hands at her sides or behind her back.
Before her fight against Bethe Correia at UFC 190, Rousey took her body image battle to another level while coining the term "do nothing b—h." In Rousey’s words, a "do nothing b—h" or DNB is someone "who just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else".
"Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f—ing millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine," Rousey said. "I think it’s femininely bad-ass as f–k because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because, I’m not a do-nothing b—h."
Well, now Rousey’s idea has become a t-shirt available for purchase online, but it’s not being sold just to line the UFC champion’s pockets with more money. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services for their work in mental health and for women with body image issues.
Rousey has fought the idea that a woman has to look a certain way, whether that means fighter, model or just the average person. For her 2015 Sports Illustrated photo shoot, Rousey purposely kept her weight higher rather than slim down to look a certain way in a bikini.
"I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in ‘top fight shape’ look, but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive," Rousey said earlier this year. "It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons."