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Arianny Celeste was selected by Vegas Seven magazine as the cover model for their annual Summer Survival Guide.
Vegas Seven: Posing nude for Playboy: more nerve-racking, empowering or both?
Arianny Celeste: Both. I was very, very nervous. I had waited for a long time and thought about it for years and years. I actually got an offer in 2008, but I just wasn’t ready mentally. But in 2010, I was ready, I felt like a woman, I felt proud of myself, so I just went for it. Knowing that not everyone can be in that magazine, let alone be on the cover, that was the empowering part. It was a dream for me.
VS: You were quoted in Maxim as saying you don’t really care about a man’s physical appearance and that you like computer nerds. Please tell all the everyday guys out there that you were quoted accurately!
AC: Yeah, I was. I’m more attracted to a person’s mind than the way they look. I [like] honesty and integrity and personality—just be yourself
VS: Were you confident you’d get the UFC job when you auditioned?
No, I wasn’t. I walked in as this fresh-faced, young 21-year-old, knew nothing about the sport, competing against 35-40 other girls, and I was very shy—and still am very shy. But I just figured, well, ‘I’m going to UNLV full time and if I got the gig, this would be awesome because I could pay for more schooling.’ So I just went for it. And five years later, I’m still here!
VS: Wait, you just said you’re still shy. Really?
AC: Yeah. But with this job, I can’t be shy. When I put on my Arianny Celeste [persona], I’m the sexpot, I’m the vixen. But when I’m home, I’m really down to earth. I like to stay home, I like to chill, I hate wearing makeup. It’s like a completely different person.
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