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.)
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.
She actually credits the sport with her fitness and her confidence, as she suffered from eating disorders when she was young.
And the workouts (plus the confidence) are obviously working.