Alie Krieger, who plays soccer professionally for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League and is currently on the American squad in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, posed for some risqué pictures for ESPN. Think of it as ESPN’s version of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
But is this demeaning to women? You be the judge.
Celebrity male athletes have also been know to bare almost all in magazines and advertising campaigns, too.
“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete, ” Krieger told ESPN in an interview published Thursday, one day before the US women’s team take on China in a quarterfinal game in Canada. “Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest.”