Ronda Rousey is considered one of the most powerful female athletes of our time, from Olympic medalist to becoming the first female to the sign a contract with the MMA. Due to her ability to take down her opponents in mere seconds, she paved the path for female fighters. She was recently one of the most Googled women in the world. Naturally, this interest has also extended toward her own family, which includes her mother and three sisters.
What you may not have known is that all of them are are equally impressive and they are starting to get a lot more attention. Rousey’s younger sister, Julia, in particular, is currently training in judo and could quite possibly become the second Ronda Rousey. She also has an impressive social media following of her own – one might say she is on her way to becoming a full-fledged Insta-babe. So can the world handle another Ronda Rousey? Will this be a story of jealousy and competition? Another hot sister battle like Venus and Serena Williams? You will have to wait and find out. With that, here are 15 must-see pictures of the Rousey sisters.
15. Ronda’s Little Twin
You might think that the picture above is a young Ronda Rousey; in fact, it is actually her younger sister, Julia De Mars, who was 17 years old at the time this picture was taken (she is currently 19 and 11 years younger than Ronda). This particular picture was taken from a promotional video for UFC 193 where Rousey famously fought Holly Holm and lost. The promotional video showed a brief history of Rousey, with her sister playing a young Ronda in high school where she apparently used to beat up boys on the playground.
In 2015, there was talk that Ronda might star in her own biopic. Is it possible that they could also bring De Mars on board to play a younger Ronda in it, too? It’s definitely possible. De Mars has already done a little acting of her own, playing herself in the film American Judoka in 2009.
14. Snubbed By Bieber
We hate to even mention Justin Bieber in an article about Ronda Rousey – he seems out of place (sorry Beliebers) – but did you know that he snubbed Rousey’s sister Julia, back in 2014? The story goes like this. When Ronda approached Bieber at the Cannes Film Festival to ask if he could take a picture with her sister, he said, “I’ve already taken a billion pictures today, OK,” and then walked away! As if you needed another reason to dislike Bieber, right? When asked about his actions later, Bieber said that he didn’t remember it happening but that he was sorry, telling Ronda “Don’t kick my a**!” In that same interview, however, Bieber then talked about how he would like to get better at boxing himself. His apology probably didn’t mean much after he said “Did you see Ronda Rousey? She got knocked out cold! Oh my God, she got knocked out so bad. Yeah no, she got pummeled.” We have to laugh.
13. More Than One Winner In The Family
There is more than one victor in Ronda Rousey’s family. Here we have a picture of Rousey’s oldest sister, Maria Burns Ortiz (right). Out of all of Rousey’s sisters, we tend to see Maria a lot. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that she is accomplished, just like the rest of her family. Here are some things you may not have known. First of all, she graduated from NYU at 20 years old. She then went on to become a sports writer for a variety of publications, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Fox News Latino. She is also an adjunct journalism professor at Tufts University and Emerson College. On top of all of this, she currently also works alongside her mother for her company 7 Generation Games where she holds the title of Chief Marketing Office. She also co-wrote Ronda Rousey’s autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. And she has three kids. Whew!
12. The Hidden Sister
Of all of Ronda Rousey’s sisters, her full-sister, Jennifer Rousey is the forgotten sister, seemingly hidden away in the attic by her evil step-sisters and kept secret. Okay, that is probably not the case, but we rarely see Rousey’s sister. There she is, however, in a rare picture on her wedding day. Interestingly, she looks much less like Ronda even though they have the same mother and father. Ronda’s younger sister, however, who you can see in the background looks much more like Ronda even though they are technically only half-sisters.
Jennifer is a bit of a mystery in comparison to the others. She does pop up in the occasional family picture that makes its way across the Internet. On the whole, she keeps herself very concealed – we weren’t able to track down any of her social media pages. She seems to prefer to keep things private. However, although she is the hidden sister, she does have a fair share of accomplishments just like her mother and other sisters. She earned her teaching credential and master’s degree all by the age of 24. She is now a history teacher in downtown LA.
11. A Family Marked By Tragedy
Ronda Rousey and her family have a history of suicide in the family. Both her grandfather and her father, Ron Rousey, committed suicide. Her father took his own life when Ronda was only 8 years old. After a freak sledding accident, he was unable to recover due to a rare blood disorder that he was unaware he even had. He was told he would only have two years to live and in that time he would become a quadriplegic. Since he didn’t want to burden his family with medical bills, he took his own life. Rousey wrote about it in her autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight. In the startling details that emerged, the children were watching Nickelodeon on television while he killed himself via asphyxiation in the garage. In her book, Ronda wrote that “None of us were the same after that.”
Rousey spoke publicly about the topic suicide and her desire to take her own life after her famous Holly Holm loss in 2015. She called for a need to make suicide less of a taboo topic given that it is the number one cause of death of young teens. Rousey currently works with a mental health clinic in L.A., which awarded her with an Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award in 2014.
10. Surrounded By Strong Women
We can’t get enough of Ronda Rousey’s family photos. Having a pack of strong women around her likely contributed into the feminist leanings that she often speaks about in the media. From speaking out about Floyd Mayweather and domestic violence to talking about women’s bodies in the media and the need for advertising to broaden its depiction of women to publicly apologizing when a photo of herself from the Jimmy Fallon show was photoshopped to make her arms look smaller, one might say that Ronda is a real life hero. And to think that these are only a few examples. When Ronda said “I want my name to be mentioned along with Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali” and that “I don’t want the word ‘woman’ to be in front of ‘champion,’” we all stood up and clapped.
9. Intimate & Uncensored
We’re guessing you were wondering when the naughty pictures would start to make an appearance. Although Ronda Rousey has done her fair share of provocative photoshoots, including her famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover in 2016, it is not as easy to track down steamy, scandalous pictures of her other sisters. However, here we have an intimate, uncensored look at the women in Rousey’s family in all their short skirts, daisy dukes and exposed feet glory. Isn’t there something sensual about something you just can’t have? We did manage to also track down a sister bikini picture on Maria’s Instagram account, which we, unfortunately, cannot share here. Julia, the younger sister, also has a thrilling Instagram account as well, which we will get to in a minute.
8. Ronda’s Hero
We had to include a picture of Ronda Rousey’s mother because of her sharp role in Ronda Rousey’s life. First of all, her mother was the one who recognized that her daughter was gifted in the first place, believing in her to such a degree that she did what it took to get her noticed. This was after she directed Ronda into martial arts as a way to cope with the trouble she was experiencing in school. Ronda even has her mother to thank for her signature armbar submission technique!
Ronda has said that her mother is her biggest inspiration in life, comparing her to X-Men, accomplishing so much at a very young age. And then there’s the lasting influence that her mother had on her personally, like her sense of independence. Ronda has said that “I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be, and that’s a ‘do-nothing bitch’, or I call it a DNB a lot of the time. Like, the type of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else.” With such a powerful woman behind her, Ronda was able to pave the path for women fighters, becoming the first woman to sign a contract with the UFC in 2012 even when the president said that women wouldn’t be able to fight. She was also the first woman to ever receive the Best Fighter Award.
7. The Next Scandalous Insta Babe?
19-year-old Julia already has over 12K followers on Instagram. People really seem to be taking an interest in her – she’s like Ronda Rousey 2.0. If you have a thing for Ronda, you probably are kind of into Julia, too. Does her social media popularity also have something to do with her steamy Instagram pictures? Perhaps. Just like any other 19-year-old girl, Julia posts cute pics of herself with her friends, at parties, etc. There are crop tops galore, tight jeans and a lot of exposed midriffs. You can’t go wrong with a cute girl. Just look at the picture above – she already has the smoldering look down. Now that she’s also in her prime college years, things could definitely get a lot more wild over on her Instagram account in the future. Could she be the next Ariel Winter? Only time will tell. In the meantime, you can follow her on Instagram @juliadmars.
6. Battle Of The Beauty
People are super interested in Ronda Rousey’s younger sister, Julia De Mars, judging by the fact that she has a ton of followers on both Instagram and Twitter. Aside from being Rousey’s sister, her popularity definitely has something to do with those good looks. The two look nearly identical, even though Julia is 11 years younger than Ronda. If Ronda earned herself a spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list, it is safe to say that Julia would also be put on this list given that she is essentially Ronda’s twin. We hate to pit two sisters against each other, but indeed, there is definitely a battle of the beauty going on! Ronda’s older sister, Maria, is also quite gorgeous, although looks quite different from her two sisters. Let us not forget the “forgotten, hidden sister” – she, too, has some good genes. Who is your favorite?
5. Sibling Rivalry?
No sibling rivalry here, folks. In fact, Ronda Rousey is actually really close with her sisters and is especially protective of younger sister Julia, who is 11 years younger than her. Rousey has spoken about this, saying, “I have the burden of having a little sister who thinks I’m the coolest thing since sliced bread and that really makes me take a second look because everything I do she thinks is cool. When I think about being a role model I think about how I want my little sister to see me. I want my little sister to be able to speak her mind and swear when it’s appropriate.” Although there could potentially be a lot of jealousy, backstabbing, hate and wounds in a family comprised of strong women, that is far from the case in this family. As an aside, Rousey is also there to save her sister from wearing shoes with the name “Kardashian” on them, since, according to Rousey, these are “p*rno shoes.”
4. The Untold Story
At this point, you can really get a sense of the close-knit family that Ronda Rousey has. Despite trials and tribulations, through deaths and births, across months, years, decades, they have stuck together through it all. You may have even caught snippets of her family being in the ring with her; they have been there to celebrate Rousey just as much as they have been there to lift her up.
At the end of the day, one of the most poignant and yet simple storylines that runs through Rousey’s own is this idea of family. Think about some of the classics out there, from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; it is something that we can all relate to. When we think of Rousey’s autobiography, this is often an untold part of her story but one that can connect us to her all the more, humanizing a woman who is known to the world as being superhuman.
3. What Happened The Night Rousey Became Invincible
To prove our point that the women above are there to celebrate Ronda Rousey, we bring your attention to a piece that Rousey’s oldest sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, penned for Vice Sports. The article is titled “The Year My Sis Ronda Rousey Became a Superstar.” What people want to know most is what happened since the night famously lost to Holly Holm. To Burns Ortiz, however, her sister Ronda was never invincible. “She is just Ronda… She is the one we made ride down the stairs in a laundry basket to see if she would crash through the window at the bottom.” Acknowledging that Rousey is a controversial figure, both loved and hated, she speaks about the topic of online bullying, offering an interesting perspective on how hard it is to see someone you loved attacked. Perhaps the more moving part of the article was when Burns Ortiz wrote, “The world watched Ronda fall, but I have had the opportunity to watch her get back up.”
2. The Foundation Of The Triumphs
It would be remiss not to include a throwback picture of Ronda Rousey’s mother, who Ronda credits with her own success, in addition to having her own list of accomplishments. This is a family who represents both victory and triumph in every sense and this is where it all begins. AnnMaria De Mars (previously known as AnnMaria Burns) set the bar high. First of all, she is a World Judo champion, becoming the first American woman to take home a gold medal at the World Judo Championships in 1984. She also started university at the age of 16 and went on to complete her MBA as well as a phD in Educational Psychology. Since then, she has written grants for Native Americans and became the founder of 7 Generation Games, a company that creates educational video games. It is not hard to see why Forbes put her on on their list of “40 Women to Watch Over 40.” You can follow her on Twitter @DrAnnMaria and on Instagram @annmaria7gen, where she currently has 24.4k followers.
1. Another Ronda Rousey In The Making
It would seem that athletic ability runs strong in the Rousey family. Not only was Ronda Rousey’s mother the first American to take home the gold medal in the World Judo Championships, but Rousey herself is one of the most powerful athletes of our time. Now Rousey’s younger sister, Julia, is also training in judo herself – there are many pictures of her training alongside Rousey on the Internet. Julia has already even participated in the nationals in 2009, as well. Could Julia follow in the footsteps of Ronda? Julia would definitely have a competitive advantage by having her mother and sister to share their winning secrets. She also has a similar build to that of Ronda. On top of training in judo, Julia also plays soccer – the girl is obviously quite in shape. She is definitely someone to keep your eye on.