Since starting her career in 2006, Arianny Celeste has truly established herself as the it-girl of the UFC. With over 2.3 million followers on Instagram, this ring girl and fitness model isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Arianny Celeste, born Penelope Lopez Marquez, was born in Las Vegas to Dutch and Filipino parents. A natural-born celebrity, Arianny booked her first modeling job at just four months old and was always athletic, excelling in cheer, dance and gymnastics throughout her childhood. She attended college at UNLV where she majored in fitness management and nutrition. The knowledge that she gained there really paid off in terms of her career – her fit body and grasp on personal branding allowed her to carve out a name for herself in the world of ultimate fighting.
In 2006, Arianny Celeste made her UFC debut at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. At the first World MMA Awards in 2008, she was voted “2008 Ring Girl of the Year” and was on her way to a long and successful career as a MMA ring girl.
Arianny Celeste won her second consecutive title at the 2nd MMA Awards and was named “2009 Ring Girl of the Year,” beating out other prominent women in her field. She won again in 2010, for her third consecutive Ring Girl of the Year award.
2010 was a huge year for Arianny Celeste. In one short year, Arianny Celeste received another prominent award when Sports Illustrated named her “Lady of the day.” That same year, Fighter’s Only Magazine awarded her “2006 Ring Girl of the Year” and Maxim voted her “The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl” in the May issue where she was featured as the cover model. That same year, she placed #23 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list and posed nude for the November issue of Playboy.
In 2010, the UFC premiered a new weekly web show called UFC Ultimate Insider that featured Arianny Celeste as the host. Her hosting career took another big step in 2013 when she became the co-host of Overhaulin’, a reality TV show where automobile designer Chip Foose re-designed old, run-down cars. She appeared in seven episodes between 2013 and 2015.
Her career continued to climb in 2011 when she was voted “2011 Ring Girl of the Year” for her fourth consecutive title. Arianny Celeste was nominated for the same award in 2012 and 2013, but lost out to her close friend and fiercest competitor, Brittney Palmer. In 2014, she once again was nominated for, and won, “Ring Girl of the Year,” regaining her title and breaking a new record.
Arianny Celeste is partnered with Lee LHGFX, a photography business that “provides unique blend of styles in Fitness, Fashion, Glam, Editorial, and Commercial ranges not typically found anywhere else.” They are responsible for some of Arianny Celeste’s glamorous fitness shots including those that have appeared in celebrity calendar shoots. The photography company paired with Sol Kissed Swimwear to style Arianny in beautiful bikinis for the shoot.
At thirty-years-old, Arianny doesn’t show any sign of stopping and is still in impeccable shape.