MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has never apologized for her body. But she did apologize for unknowingly promoting an altered version of it on social media.
When Rousey was sent a promotional image for her appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, she dutifully shared the photo over Instagram.
But a side-by-side comparison with the original later revealed that the photo was altered to shave down Rousey’s signature strong physique — unbeknownst (and undisclosed) to her.
“I have to make an apology,” read the caption Rousey posted with the side-by-side photos hours later. “I was sent a picture to share on social for Fallon that was altered without me knowing to make my arms look smaller.”
“I won't say by who — I know it was done with severely misplaced positive intentions — but this goes against everything I believe.”
“I am extremely proud of every inch of my body… I can assure you all it will never happen again. I could not be more appalled and hope you all forgive me.”
Rousey, who currently graces the “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issue cover, has long been outspoken about body positivity.
"Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f—ing millionaires doesn't mean it's masculine," Rousey said last summer in a video promoting her UFC fight with Bethe Correia. "I think it's femininely badass as f— because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose."
Many say the extreme editing that has become the norm is damaging to younger generations, giving them unrealistic expectations of how they should look in photos as well as in real life.
With increasing awareness and intolerance of over-the-top ‘shopping, here’s hoping this alarming trend can be trimmed back down to size.