Hope solo recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. The popular U.S. and magicJack goalkeeper hinted this week that she is about to step up her game with a more revealing spread in ESPN The Magazine.
Speculation that Solo was doing a nude photo shoot for the magazine’s upcoming Body Issue surged through Twitter when she tweeted Tuesday: “Being naked outside is very liberating....atleast I hope it will be @ESPN and @ESPNMAG!!! GAMETIME BABY! Ball up!”
The Body Issue features male and female professional athletes posing naked in a tasteful fashion.
Solo followed up her intriguing tweet a few hours later with, “And that's a wrap!!!!” and included a link to a photo of herself in a white bathrobe frolicking in a fountain.
The 2010 Body Issue featured 40 athletes including NFL linebacker Patrick Willis, skier Julia Mancuso, surfer Kelly Slater, figure skater Evan Lysacek and former NFL running back Herschel Walker, who is now a mixed martial artist. The previous year Serena Williams, Adrian Peterson, Dwight Howard and Carl Edwards were among the notables who posed nude or semi nude.
The 2011 issue is expected in early October.
Solo has been the breakout star of the U.S. run to the Women’s World Cup Finals. She has since signed an endorsement deal with Gatorade reportedly worth $100,000 a year.
She has also been in demand in front of the camera. In another tweet, she said: “What I learned today in my W magazine photoshoot... I aint no model!”