Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey fought her way onto an elite list this week, placing No. 40 on Fortune's "40 Under 40" list.
"2015 has been the Year of Ronda," Fortune wrote. "The mixed martial arts fighter is undefeated in the ring (many of her bouts last mere seconds) and is said to be the most dominant female athlete in her sport ever; she’s earned an estimated $5 million from fighting this year alone."
In an article separate from the "40 Under 40" list
, Fortune addressed the question of why Rousey made the prestigious list.
"Our annual 40 Under 40 list is about power, influence, drive, ambition — not fame," the magazine said."For starters, she is thought to be the most dominant female athlete ever. A recent ESPNW reader poll named her, perhaps surprisingly, the Best Female Athlete Ever; she beat Serena Williams. But her sports achievements alone wouldn’t necessarily land her on our list of influential young people in business."
Her words are influencing how people think, "far beyond sports," Fortune said. " She is inspiring not only women in sports, and not only women, but people everywhere. When she speaks, we listen."
Rousey spoke out about Floyd Mayweather and domestic abuse, about UFC fighter Nick Diaz and marijuana use and, maybe most well-known, she's talking about women and body image.
A popular video clip of Rousey talking about body image
has been viewed more than 3 million times online.
In a Reebok interview about body image, Rousey said
, "When I was older I realized that what is really attractive is not only what’s in magazines, there are many body types and forms of women that are misrepresented in the media and I just want to do my best to represent more of an athletic and strong body type."
Her fans are clearly listening to Rousey's inspiring words:
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