SI: Do you
consider yourself sexy?
Beard: No, not at
all. You should see me when I wake up for morning workouts.
SI: Is being
naked easy for you?
Beard: I think
I'm a lot more comfortable being naked because my work attire is little
swimming suits. You get used to not being covered very much. I'm more
comfortable with a lot of skin showing than most people.
SI: If you were
Hef, what other athletes would you want to have pose for Playboy?
Kournikova, Maria Sharapova and Danica Patrick. Anna is gorgeous. And Danica is
a bad-ass chick. She has a lot of male fans, so she would be perfect.
SI: Have you ever
autographed a naked photo of yourself?
Beard: I have
not. But I was thinking about that the other day. Do I open the magazine? Do I
sign the outside? How is that going to work? I have no idea what it is going to
be like, but I always sign on my stomach. That's my area to sign. There's a lot
of space between the top and bottom.
SI: What do you
say to the people who suggest that posing nude is sexist or reinforces negative
stereotypes about female athletes?
Beard: I do
something if I feel comfortable doing it, and if I feel my family will get
behind me on it, I couldn't care less what other people think. I work extremely
hard to get the body that I have, so I kind of want to flaunt it a little bit
before it goes away.