Mia Kang stole a prominent spot in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, thanks to her 2016 win in the swimsuit model search, and she's well on her way to being a big-name model across the globe. But as it turns out, Mia isn't just a model, professionally speaking - she's also a competitive Muay Thai fighter who goes by the name "Killa Kang." (She's a trader, too, with a masters degree in finance, but that's for another story.)

 

It's on.

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Mia was a model in high school, but took a long break to go to school and get her career going. What she meant to be a short vacation in Thailand turned into a six-month stint at a Muay Thai compound, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

 

#muaythai By @davidagbodji

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 She actually credits the sport with her fitness and her confidence, as she suffered from eating disorders when she was young. 

 

See you soon #Thailand. I'm coming for you

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And the workouts (plus the confidence) are obviously working. 

 

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 2017 by @ruvenafanador

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HT: Playboy