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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: 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.