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Natalie Gulbis Body PaintHere’s Natalie Gulbis as you’ve probably never seen her before.

The LPGA golfer who usually dons collared shirts on the golf course stripped down to nothing but body paint for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Gulbis appears in the special issue “wearing” a green-and-white polka dot bikini painted onto her athletic build. The green was meant to represent grass while the white dots were meant to resemble golf balls.

“It was very cool that Sports Illustrated specifically had designed a suit for the shoot for me,” said Gulbis. “It was bright green with white golf balls on it. It was a string bikini with these beautiful pink ribbons.”

“I thought the process would take a couple hours…but 12 hours later they were still painting me. The process was incredible. It was just an incredible experience. I can’t believe how much work and detail goes into this body paint.”

Natalie GulbisGubis admits, she felt like she “was naked the entire time” and was quite nervous about the body paint experience, but when she finally got a peek at the end result, she liked what she saw.

“The Sports Illustrated team was very excited to shoot me today and I think you feed off their energy,” she said.

Natalie Gulbis posed in the body paint alongside fellow female athletes Alex Morgan (soccer) and Natalie Coughlin (swimming).

Even though it might sound a bit risque, the body paint is quite remarkable and it’s hard to notice that they really aren’t wearing anything at all.


“I loved the way that you can’t see anything but you’re kind of revealing a little bit,” said Morgan. “I was really happy and definitely willing to do this.”

“I felt like it was art… I didn’t feel like I was naked at all,” she added. “Sometimes I would get uncomfortable and then I’d look at myself in the mirror and say ‘Oh! I’m fine. I have a swimsuit on.'”

Last year, 2012’s cover girl Kate Upton wore body paint for the 2011 SI Swimsuit Issue.

Check out photos and videos from the spread below and over at SI.com.

Natalie Gulbis Body Paint 1

Alex Morgan Body Paint

Natalie Coughlin Body Paint

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