Queue up the fanboys, everyone's favorite soccer starlet has joined the "not really posing in the nude but almost is" club. Alex Morgan, the breakout starlet of the most recent Women's World Cup, has decided to do the whole bodypaint thing for Sports Illustrated's soon-to-be-released swimsuit issue.
You know what? Cool for her. United States teammate Hope Solo managed to pull off essentially posing nude when she was in last year's ESPN Body Issue last year and it seems to have only helped her image. It would be great if we lived in a world where women athletes doing this kind of thing wasn't a big deal, but we do.
Judging from the photo on SI's Hot Clicks, this appears to be in perfectly good taste, even if the idea of putting people in bodypaint is a little 1999 at this point. That said, it's good to see publications like Sports Illustrated and ESPN holding up female athletes as sex symbols, if for no other reason than they are far healthier images than most of their model counterparts.