Hope Solo: Nude For ESPN Magazine!

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Hope Solo is not sexy. Her words, not ours.

"I still don't buy the idea that I'm a sex symbol," the 30-year-old soccer star tells ESPN magazine in its annual Body Issue, which features her nude on the cover.

"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 … it means the image of the typical female body type is finally evolving."

Hope Solo Nude

As an international soccer star, Olympic gold medalist and Dancing With the Stars hopeful (Maksim Chmerkovskiy's dream partner in fact), Hope is riding high these days.

That wasn't always the case for the athlete.

"Growing up, I felt insecure about my build," adds the 5'9", 150-lb. Solo. "Guys would say, 'Look at those muscles! You can kick my ass!' I didn't feel feminine."

"But that's changed in the last four years."

What do you think of Hope Solo's ESPN Magazine cover? Cheap gimmick or sending a positive message about body image? Share your comments with us below.

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She's a pig...a psychotic looking androgynous pig

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Obviously, Hope Solo has not changed in a vngatiee sense. She hasn't lost anything. She's added to her repertoire and range of style and emotion to broaden the appeal of her sport. It's a wonderful thing to see a one-instrument champion add a symphony to her accomplishments. All the more favorable attention for Women's Soccer. This is not a zero-sum experience, where each added skill detracts from those so embedded in this heroine. It's all additive, expansive, broadening her impact to highlight her core strength. Loving me some Hope Solo, and I'd never heard of her before her dancing. Her exemplary ethic and character and skill simply shine next to most of those crass Hollywood figures beside her.

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i think it's just fine. this pic show athleticism. why is ok to oggle foot ball cheer leaders, but an athlete is a no no? we see women with body painted swim suits in another magazine & it's just fine. but with an athelets we see no sex parts & it's bad? how stupid is that!

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Hope, ya can't please all the people all the time. I'm sure you expressed what you wanted to convey.

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It's a very bad picture and I'm sure it is not suitable as a cover.
Even if Hope Solo is relatively sexy, but not in this picture !!

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Perfection in my opinion! Angela, that "fat" under her arm is actually a muscle known as the latissimus dorsi. If you find this photo to be "gross" or "unflattering," don't blame Hope, blame the direction of the artist.

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Don't think it's flattering to her (or, feminine).

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I think it is an absolutely stunning picture. The ones that are complaining about are just jealous.

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Ewwwwww I can't believe this is the cover shot! Face looks gorgeous, but it looks like there is a roll of fat under her arm and he stomach looks gross too. This is not Hope's fault, she has an amazing body but this pose could make anyone look gross!

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I totally agree! Very Gross!

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