Hot Clicks: Alex Morgan to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
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Three females athletes will appear in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue, which comes out next Tuesday, Feb. 14. The trio will be part of the popular "bodypaint" feature. One of the athletes featured is U.S. women's soccer star (and blogosphere favorite), Alex Morgan. The picture above is just a sneak peek, but Hot Clicks touched base with Morgan to get her thoughts on the big event. (For more info, follow Swimsuit on Twitter and Facebook.)
SI.com: Did you have any reservations about doing the bodypaint?
Morgan: Initially I was a little nervous, but this opportunity doesn't come everyday. I wanted to involve my family with my decision and it helped that they were very supportive. After the initial reaction of nerves, I was so excited to start shooting, and honored to be included with such an amazing group of athletes and models.
SI.com: What was more intimidating: posing in bodypaint or taking on Japan in the World Cup finals?
Morgan: I have been playing soccer my entire life. I know how to stay calm and not get too nervous for games. That's why I would have to say posing in bodypaint was a little more intimidating. It was a completely new experience and definitely took some getting used to before I felt comfortable in bodypaint. I had to look in the mirror every five minutes to make sure I actually had a swimsuit on.
SI.com: What other female athletes should be body painted for Swimsuit next year?
Morgan: I think that athletes have amazing bodies, and my teammates are a great example. They work so hard day in and day out to compete at the highest level, and their bodies reflect their hard work.
SI.com: If you could change things up and see any male athlete in Swimsuit, who would you choose?
Morgan: I watch a lot of sports, so I'd say some athletes like Rafael Nadal, Blake Griffin, or C.J. Wilson would be great candidates for Swimsuit. But I also have to add Ryan Gosling after seeing all the movies he was in this past year.
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