So gold medal swimmer Amanda Beard has posed nude in Playboy, and is featured on the cover of the July edition of the men’s magazine. Big deal. If she weren’t an Olympian she’d be just another girl willing to take her clothes off for the camera.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Beard is a successful athlete and is relatively good looking, but other than the fact that she is an Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, there’s nothing about her posing nude – or her looks – that is noteworthy. Beard isn’t being objectified, she’s just confused in thinking that somehow she will have a career beyond the pool just because – or in part because – she’s posed nude in Playboy.
She’s pretty good looking, but really there’s nothing that sets her apart from any of the of the thousands of women who appear nude, or in various states of undress, in the countless men’s mags and web sites that currently exist. You know, from what I hear there are a bunch of these kinds of magazines and web sites out there.
If you do an image search for Beard on Google, you’ll find a slew of pictures of her that range from jockey to sultry. The bottom line is that while Amanda Beard is in fantastic shape and has an athletic body, her face just isn’t all that great. She’s not bad, but you can go to Maxim and find a hundred girls who have great bodies AND better faces. A friend of mine told me about this site. In this day and age of airbrushing, cosmetic surgery and breast enhancement looks are not only plentiful, they can be bought as well. Amanda just can't compete with all of these other girls, not out of the pool anyway.
Beard isn’t ruining her chance at being a role model for little girls and young swimmers, which is the nonsensical position that’s being taken by the jealous and the prudes out there. And she certainly isn’t being taken advantage of by “The Man.” Anyone who can make money from posing nude should do so; after all making money this way should be considered a mitzvah.
This is just a publicity move that Beard figures will help her post-pool career. My bet is that she’s wrong, and not because posing nude will somehow be a black mark on her resume. Posing nude won’t help Beard because she really isn’t that good looking, and if she’s looking to make it on her looks, she’s barking up the wrong tree.
There’s another former medal winning swimmer out there by the name of Summer Sanders who has a successful career outside of the pool. If you do an image search for Sanders, you’ll find none of the cheesecake-type photos that Beard has posed for. Sanders has fashioned a great career for herself based on her talent and personality. She found her niche, had a grip on her good and bad points and has reaped the benefits as a result.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with posing for photos that make a girl look like a bimbo. I actually like bimbos, but Beard just isn’t good looking enough to be a successful bimbo. When I look at pictures of Beard I see a jock trying to pull off the whole glamour, sex pot look, and it isn’t working.
Posing in Playboy won’t hurt Beard for any reason other than she really isn’t good looking enough to make a living by being good looking. I say this both as a guy who enjoys the female form, and as a guy who has worked with successful models over the years.
I wish people would stop making a big deal out of a woman exercising her right to choose to pose nude and make a lot of money for doing so. In the case of Amanda Beard, the discussion shouldn’t focus on whether or not she should pose nude – clearly if she can make the cover of Playboy, and garner an 8-page spread, she should do it. However, once the buzz goes away, there's nothing about Beard the model that has any lasting interest.
In case you forgot, gold medal ice skater Katerina Witt posed nude in the 'Boy a while a go and it hasn't done anything for her career.
But when nudity and looks are the issue, the discussion should revolve strictly around whether or not the “looks” are worthy of this position. If she weren’t “Amanda Beard gold medal-winner” not only would she not be on the cover of Playboy, she wouldn’t generate much attention as a model.Powered by Sidelines