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Here’s Natalie Gulbis as you’ve probably never seen her before.
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.”
“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.'”
Check out photos and videos from the spread below and over at SI.com.
- WATCH: Bar Refaeli’s Steamy SI Shoot (huffingtonpost.com)
- Natalie Gulbis: Body Paint Pictorial Will Take LPGA Star to New Heights (bleacherreport.com)
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