Ronda Rousey Apologizes for Photoshopped Instagram Photo
The SI Swimsuit cover star told fans: "This goes against everything I believe and I am extremely proud of every inch of my body."
After appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday evening, Ronda Rousey posted an Instagram of herself from the show in which she's seen wearing a Wow Couture dress and Tamara Mellon sandals. Not long after, her followers were quick to point out her slimmer-looking arms.
On Friday, the UFC fighter — who was recently revealed as one of the cover stars for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition — took to the photo-sharing platform to address the issue with the altered image.
"I have to make an apology to everyone — I was sent a picture to share on social for Fallon that was altered without me knowing to make my arms look smaller," she captioned alongside a side-by-side of the original and photoshopped photo. "I won't say by who — I know it was done with severely misplaced positive intentions — but this goes against everything I believe and I am extremely proud of every inch of my body."
She continued: "And I can assure you all it will never happen again. I could not be more appalled and hope you all forgive me."
The 29-year-old is known to be a body-positive advocate so it's understanding why this is frustrating for her.
"If I can represent that body type of women that isn’t represented so much in media, then I’d be happy to do that," she told The New York Times last October. "When women say that going on publications directed at men is somehow demeaning, I don’t think that’s true. I think that’s one really effective way to change the societal standard women are held to."