Julianna Pena On Promoting Herself: ‘I Don’t Have To Take My Clothes Off To Get People Invested In’

Julianna Pena doesn't need nudity to sell her brand.

Julianna Peña
Julianna Peña - Image via @venezuelanvixen Instagram
  • Julianna Pena shared her take on female fighters going nude on the internet
  • The “Venezuelan Vixen” criticize female fighters selling explicit content online

Julianna Pena is undeniably at the peak of her MMA career. But unlike some of her peers in the sport, the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champ doesn’t feel the need to go nude just to reach new heights.

A wholesome champ

In a recent talk with Barstool Chicago’s RebuildEd podcast, Pena explained how her “physical insecurities” served as her motivation to always express herself in a sexy yet “classy way.”

“I think that it’s (physical insecurities) helped me in a way, because it’s easy to take your clothes off and sell something on Instagram, and be this sexy model, but I’m trying to do it in the classy way, where it’s like, I don’t have to take my clothes off to get people invested in what I do,” she explained. “So, it’s almost like, a thing that’s benefited me in another way as well, because I’ve got a daughter and I want to set a great example for her. I don’t want her to, years from now, be on Instagram and see her mom being half-naked.”

No hate

Because sex always sells, some former UFC women fighters such as Kay Hansen, and most notably Paige VanZant, have already taken their nude game to another level. Hansen is now selling her explicit images on famed adult content platform OnlyFans. VanZant, on the other hand, is also doing pretty much the same thing on her own website.

Though Pena is very unlikely to become one of them, the “Venezuelan Vixen” pointed out that she’s not taking a swipe at those who do the same.

“I’m not trying to knock anybody for doing that, you know, get your paper boo-boo, do what you gotta do,” the champion clarified. “But for me, it’s put me in a situation where I have to market myself in a different way that’s not about taking my clothes off and trying to be a ‘sex sells’ kind of person.”

Pena is set to take on Amanda Nunes for their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 277 on July 30. The current champ is out to prove “naysayers” that her victory Nunes was no pure luck.

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