Once the couple's relationship was publicized, Reid admitted, "People were saying, 'Oh, you know, a Playboy model's with him.' I don't like the term 'Playboy model.'"
"I'm not a Playboy model," Reid elaborated. "I'm a centerfold. Once you're a centerfold, you're a centerfold for life. I have a month designated for me. No one can take that away. I am Miss July 2015 -- like, that's it."
Lochte can't deny Reid is a beautiful model, but the Olympic swimmer told the magazine he has chosen not to look at any of his fiancee's Playboy photos.
"I don't want to see her as just that," Lochte revealed. "There's more depth [to her]."
Lochte was especially impressed with Reid when she stood by him throughout his Rio scandal in which he fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint. His stint on Dancing with the Stars was even tainted by protestors rushing the stage, shaming the 12-time Olympic medalist and calling him a liar.
"She was like, 'F-ck this, I don't care. I'm with you no matter what,'" the former What Would Ryan Lochte Do? star recalled to Cosmo.
Lochte, 32, and Reid, 25, reportedly met in January at a Los Angeles nightclub called Bootsy Bellows. Ironically, the couple had previously been matched on Tinder.
"We did that double-take, like, 'Oh, my gosh, it's you,'" Lochte said of their chance meeting. "And then we reached out and grabbed each other's hands."
Lochte and Reid then got the ball rolling with a first date the following night, which included drinks and a Justin Bieber performance at a different club.