Get your DVRs ready!! Our lady love, 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist, New York Times Best Seller, Best Goal Keeper in the World is going to be on the season premiere of ESPN’s E60 this coming up Tuesday, August 28 at 7PM ET. Who’s excited?! Yeah… me too 🙂
For those of you who don’t follow me on Tumblr, (what’s wrong with you?!) I wrote a blog post weeks ago when it was believed that Hope was going to pose for ESPN magazine’s body issue. Now that the pictures have been released and we have created this nifty fan site, I have decided to post it here. Later on, when I wrap my brain around these breath-taking pictures, I will post my reaction to them but for now, I give you my original post: “I Hope she is nude.”
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hope Solo is completely nude for her ESPN photo shoot. After the past Women’s World Cup, she was bombarded with marriage proposals from all walks of life and because I refuse to believe it’s because they were aware of her skill as a player, (most Americans know nothing about women’s soccer) a large part of that is because she’s beautiful. The idea of seeing Hope naked has people’s tongues wagging and speculating whether or not the photos are in good taste, even blasting her as a role model. The fact of the matter is, the human body is a beautiful thing that everyone should take pride in. I would greatly appreciate it if people took the time to consider instead of criticize. Maybe if parents turned off their TV’s and video games long enough to get their children involved in sports, they would learn how important it is to respect and care for their bodies the way a professional athlete does. If parents would teach their children the naked body is a beautiful thing, there would be no outrage and speculation. As someone who is trying to lose weight, body image is something that I struggle with on a daily basis, everyone on some level does. Hope even mentioned in her Good Day LA interview that she was self conscious about the size of her shoulders. My reaction to that statement was “Why in God’s name would she be?! HELLO! Please invite me to the gun show!” But I have to remember that body image should be a reflection of self and have nothing to do with the outside world. You are entitled to not only have an opinion about your body but you should also thrive for what’s best for it. In spite of that insecurity, Hope has chosen to do a photo shoot, no doubt in good taste, which to me shows how important it is to be secure and confident in your own skin. People can choose how they interpret things. In my opinion, I think it is incredibly admirable to show the world the side of yourself that we constantly hide. How many people can honestly say they are brave enough to face that fear? Not only did she embrace it, she even stated that it was a “liberating” experience. To expose yourself despite your own self consciousness is something to idolize not scold or drool over. It’s inspirational and beautiful.