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Former Miss USA Whitney Miller Training for Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

Miss USA 2012, Whitney Miller, is training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in hopes of earning a black belt. 

It's not too often that you see a combination of beauty and brawn, but she certainly fits the mold. According to her Onnit bio, Miller is also a fitness model and professional wakesurfer.

In a promotional video for Onnit, she said (via Elias Cepeda of Yahoo! Sports):

What I want to show you guys is that you can go out there and do anything. If a beauty pageant queen, a national pageant winner, miss United States, can go earn their jiu jitsu black belt, granted that's going to take a long time, if I can go and do that you have no excuses.

Given her beauty pageant history, some will be critical of her ability and wonder if she's merely using her good looks to get ahead. Miller is looking to do everything she can to dispel those critics.

In the video above, she does just that, taking home a gold and silver medal in her first Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament. 

The Texan bombshell is getting trained by UFC fighter Cub Swanson, so there's no doubt that she is receiving a quality education in the sport. Swanson is currently ranked fourth in the promotion's featherweight class, so he knows what it takes to succeed in the Octagon should Miller want to parlay her BJJ training into a mixed martial arts career.

It will be interesting to see what her next step is. Down the road, she may be able to turn her success in jiu-jitsu into something more prominent. 

Miller is already a knockout beauty, but can she become a knockout artist? 

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