Hope Solo is revealing even more skin than she does in her Dancing With the Stars costumes on the new cover of ESPN the Magazine!
So this is what being a soccer champion does for your body!
Hope is on one of four covers for “The Body Issue” and the star athlete says that she only recently learned to love her body.
“Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. Guys would say, ‘Look at those muscles! You can kick my ass!’ I didn’t feel feminine,” she reveals (via CNN).
“But that’s changed in the past four years,” she says. “I saw the connection between my body and my accomplishments. I couldn’t have been a great goalkeeper without power, agility and quickness. I was so self-conscious about my broad shoulders in college that I’d avoid weight lifting, but now I’m most proud of that part of my body.”
But don’t call her sexy!
While Hope says confidence “goes a long way” she adds, “although I still don’t buy the idea that I’m a sex symbol. Sure, I’ve had marriage proposals, invitations to military balls and prom offers. But my entire purpose is trying to be the best, and if that exudes beauty too, that’s pretty powerful. It means the image of the typical female body type is finally evolving.”
“The Body Issue” issue hits newsstands Friday!