Rose Namajunas, the UFC fighter known as ‘Thug’ Rose, has long been recognized for her distinct semi-bald appearance, a trademark she’s embraced throughout her career. After her act of shaving her head, Namajunas made headlines on why she did it.
To those who are unaware, back in 2015, Namajunas adopted the partially bald look, a choice that raised eyebrows in the fighting community. In an Instagram post, she shed light on the rationale behind this unconventional decision. Displaying her new look, the fighter accompanied the photo with a candid caption:
“It’s a fight, not a beauty pageant. S**t’s in my way at practice… Cut it off!”
While many female fighters braid their hair tightly before entering the ring to prevent distractions, Namajunas’s approach was unique. Her focus on honing her fighting skills evidently outweighed any concern about having long hair.
With her distinctive look, Rose Namajunas challenges the traditional norms of beauty, proving that dedication to her craft takes precedence. This bold move cements her status as a fighter who’s willing to break the mold and prioritize her professional commitment over conventional appearance.
Rose Namajunas revealed hair-shaving changed her fighting career
In the lead-up to her clash with Paige VanZant back in December 2015, Rose Namajunas stunned the world with her freshly cropped short hair. The cut wasn’t just a style statement; it marked a pivotal shift in her fighting journey.
During a media interaction, a journalist inquired about the haircut’s significance, and Rose’s response resonated deeply: “Just years and years of playing in sports, not just fighting, hair’s been growing up, and being a tomboy growing up and not really wanting to have to do my hair. I don’t even know how to do [my hair]. Just had to put a whole bunch of product in it. I just want to be able to wake up in the morning and feel pretty and not have to do a whole bunch of cr*p [to my hair]. It is definitely like shedding my past, being psychologically mean of my hair as well as physically, and just ripping it out.”
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This bold step marked a transformational moment for Rose. Fast forward to today, and she’s on the cusp of another high-stakes battle, set as the co-main event of UFC Paris Fight Night against the formidable Manon Fiorot.
As the anticipation builds for her showdown in Paris, Namajunas stands as a testament to the fact that sometimes, a simple change can have profound effects. From shedding her past through a symbolic haircut to stepping into the Octagon with unshakable confidence, Rose’s journey is one of grit and growth.