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Amanda Beard – Olympic Swimmer Appearing in Playboy and FHM

August 5th, 2007 · 26 Comments ·

In July 2007, we saw Amanda Beard showing her sexy body in Playboy, one of the most popular adult magazines. You can see her underwater, in the shallow pool of water and in the sand.

Before we proceed, who is Amanda Beard?


Amanda Beard is an American Olympic swimmer and model. She made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 games at the age of 14. Now, in total, she has won two golds, four silvers and one bronze in 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic games with an Olympic record (200-meter breaststroke, 2 minutes 23.37 seconds.)


In addition to her success in the pool, Amanda Beard was the most downloaded female athletes during a three-month period in 2004. ESPN even named her as the Hottest Female Athlete of 2005 and FHM also gave her the title of the world’s sexiest athlete on the cover in year 2006. Modeling agency has signed her up for Speedo and Red Bull advertisement and other companies eager to cash in on her image.


If Anna Kournikova is the sexy icon for tennis, Amanda Beard will be the one in swimming world. So, after posing for the magazine, just like other playmates, Amanda Beard’s Playboy photos have created buzz.

Disgrace to women athletes? Some disagree. They just think that she is hot. After all, she is a three-time Olympian.


Critics said that Amanda is the sex symbol of the hard-bodied athletic world. Parents probably will worry that their primary school girls will want to know why their role model is not wearing any clothes.

Dr. Mary Jo Kane, director of the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport said this, “It used to be that female athletes were portrayed as wholesome, All-American girls. Now you get female athletes in GQ, Playboy and the Swimsuit issue. The result of it is coverage that is very damaging — that trivializes and marginalizes women athletes because it does not give them the respect they deserve as competent athletes.”

She added, “If elite female athletes think posing in Playboy is showing off their bodies as competent athletes, they are either naive or fools.”


Beard is neither naive nor fool. Contrary to what others said, she is smart. She knows that her place to Beijing 2008 is not confirmed and before the world forget about it, she has to squeeze every dollar she can out from her body and fame. Her brand is her body and her proud Olympic resume. After posing as cover girl for FHM, Maxim, Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue and appearing in Speedo advertisements, she has much dollar than her peers. With these fame gained from posing nude in Playboy, she has raised her public profile and position herself for a post-Olympic modeling career. She took advantage of her fame and she used the magazine as a way to attract non-swimming fans. She is smart, isn’t she?


Beard is unapologetic about what she calls her latest “outside adventure”. She claimed that appearing in that magazine does not change her personality or who she is.

It is a business decision, it is a career decision; It is her body, it is her right.


People love winners and people love beautiful person. Amanda Beard is both. Amanda Beard said that it may not do justice to her saying that her decision in anyway trivializes what she has accomplished. It does not, it brings what she has done to a wider group of people.

Also, let’s not forget Amanda is just a swimmer. She is not a basketball player and she does not command a $40 million deal. Nor she a England Premier League soccer player who makes 2 million pounds a year.

Though the sum is undisclosed, I believe that she had made sure this Playboy deal was really worth the money. Right after this deal, she has hired a licensing agency to help develop products, like fragrances, apparel and home products to be part of a signature Amanda Beard collection. She is also sorting through TV hosting offers and a movie script.


Amanda, however, has not lost focus in what she is doing best. She still trains hard by swimming five hours a day when she is not studying business at the University of Arizona or speaking in defense of endangered species. Again, this shows that Amanda knows her game plan well.

Without further ado, here you go for some of the best shots in Playboy:


Here you go for Amanda Beard’s photos in FHM:







Amanda Beard is not the first and I do not think she will be the last woman to use her body for stuffs other than athletics.

Many love seeing a good, healthy body being portrayed as beauty. I believe that Amanda works out and swim like crazy to get body like that. Just hope that Amanda will continue to win more medals in Olympic (so we can keep seeing her in magazines). Otherwise, she will be probably known more for her birthday suit than her swimsuit.

As much as I like seeing beautiful sportswomen but I still hope that sports will stand on its own merit without having sex element. It is tough, but I really hope so.

Does sex really sell a sport? I shall elaborate more in my in this article – Does Sex Still Sell in Sports?.  At the mean time, you can check out the post of two sexy female tennis players – Ashley Harkleroad Appearing in Playboy and Ana Ivanovic Posing For FHM


Amanda Beard posed for Speedo advertisement.



Amanda Beard appeared nude in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) latest campaign in protest of the fur industry in August 2008 (before her games in Beijing Olympic 2008).



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  • nazlihaffiz // Aug 5, 2007 at 2:49 AM

    Toned. Hot. Voluptous. Sexy.

    Definately gave me a hard on. I’m a sucker for such women.

    *drools like Homer*

  • ibster // Aug 5, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    luckily you still have this post. never got bored reading (looking) it. haha

  • alfonto // Apr 24, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    seriously, I didn’t bookmark your blog, i only bookmarked this entry. so hot!!

  • Kelv // May 14, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    This is why I like your blog, keep it up!

  • nick // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:57 AM

    damn… Amanda Beard is a truly SEXY woman, she has an amazing body and evrything about her is great, these are some real fuckin hot pics too

  • Lisa // Aug 19, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    Amanda Beard took the easy way out. She chose to degrade herself to promote herself more and to profit. Degrading. Boring. Old. Done. Unadmirable. No excuses. All her hard work to become an accomplished athlete for naught.

  • kate // Oct 5, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    I thought all the shots up until playboy and FHM were really nice and up until then, I did not agree with the woman who said “she is either naive or a fool”.
    But yeah, those playboy shots: she just looks like a f**k puppet. Sorry. She is, indeed, a fool. She didnt have to go there and she could still have made the money she so obviously craves.
    It all goes to show that sports heroes have as much going on up top as pop stars. Boring

  • Tami // Dec 9, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    The top 5 comments (made by men) Just go to show why it’s degrading. “i luckily you still have this post. never got bored reading (looking) it. haha”
    sorry to use you ibster as an example.

    At no point did ibster mention “yea she achieved alot. I admire her” no it’s all about looking about sexualising. Which takes away from the issue of what she’s done! Unfortunately smart women do understand that the market is run by men. But it’s just sad for ever other girl out there to think “the only way i’m gonna make it is to get naked”
    What kind of example is that setting for young girls out there?! “o yea. get your kit off. men love that… and thats all you need to know about life”

    Men – Stop making this as the only way for females to do well
    Women – Stop falling for this lie.

    Rant over…

  • Clav // Dec 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Tami, and all the other women who posted on here – as much as I’d like to agree with your points of view, the simple fact is men have throughout human history have ALWAYS sexualized images of women (in art, sculpture etc) and ALWAYS will, the media today in my mind is just an extension of what’s been happening in the civilised (note the British spelling!) world for centuries – I’m not saying it’s fair but that’s just the way it is.

    Your ranting, although well-intentioned, seems a little misguided; if women are SO powerful, intelligent, smart etc in the modern age how exactly do WE make this the only way for females to do well (and maybe you as women should try harder to enlighten those who “fall for this lie”)? If you honestly think that men are going to change millions of years of evolution for your benefit then I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

    There ARE obviously those female athletes who will never grace the cover of any men’s magazine but given, as the article said, swimming has a relatively low profile I think Amanda’s choice is a smart one. I look at it like this – if I had dedicated my whole life (and all the sacrifice that comes with that) to a non-mainstream chosen sport knowing I probably had a maximum of 8-12 years at the top level I’d take the “easy” way out too – she still has another 50 years to live once she retires and I think it’s only fair to be compensated as much as possible for all those years of dedication, not to mention wanting to have a stable enough financial foundation if she chose to start a family etc. Too many former athletes I know personally have fallen on hard times because they had plowed everything they had into the first 35 years of their life and found it very difficult to adapt to normality…

    And to be honest, her Playboy pictures are fine – it’s not as if she’s spread-eagled or anything!

  • Tami // Jan 2, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Clav Hi :)

    So according to you. Because it has been done for centuries I should just shut up and let people get on with it?
    I don’t have a problem with someone trying to earn money. I get it, I would just like there to be other ways for women to achieve it. The main problem that I have is that it’s one step to do a playboy cover, but it can be such a downhill slide, especially for those of lesser circumstances who then think that “well if this athelete did it for money. Then I can sell myself in someway and gain money” Whether that way be more or less derogatory.

    And how far back are you talking in regards to the civilised world? Greek culture was meant to be civilised and they regarded the male form as more sexual and depicted it as such. But this seems to have died out, along with many other refinements of that civilised (note the British spelling too!!!???) world. But I could be going too far back.

    Also with the sexualisation of females and the saturation of it from the media that we have. Is it no wonder that rape has risen? It’s not just the images I care about it’s the message that they send. Boys are getting a warped view of what is real and what isn’t. Not only that, we are of a culture that tells young boys “why are you crying? what are you a girl?” (I’ve said this before!!!) which automatically says “girls are lesser and you can’t show emotions”this in the long run leads to difficulties and can result in the violence we see in the news papers or even on drunken nights out.
    It also gives girls a warped message of self worth, “well i have to look sexy” which then leads to “well I have to give a guy whatever he wants”

    example – I was out one night and there was a girl out with us in nothing but basically her underwear (heard of Jordon? Paris hilton?) She was a hot girl and men were ALL over here. One of which went to ask her back to his for a “fun time”. She said she’d think about it, to which point he got angry and called her a slut and a fat b*tch that no one would want to sleep with… except him 2 minutes ago. She was wrong to wear what she wore out but he was wrong to expect her to jump into his arms. and this is a common occurance.
    OK i’m going off topic, I understand.

    To cap it off. Yes men and the media will sexualise women, have done for many years. But I think we all need to learn on both sides. I am a feminist (obviously lol), but I don’t blame men for everything and I definately think women should stand up and take responsiblity for their actions. And females need to lead by example.
    As Robin Williams said
    God gave man and brain and a penis. But unfortunately only enough blood to run one at a time. :)

  • Clav // Jan 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Wow Tami… that’s a lot! All I’m saying is, that’s the way of the world, I never said it’s right! I totally disagree with your point about girls being “lesser” though.

    Happy New Year to you! :-D

  • Clav // Jan 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Oh, and there ARE other ways for women to make lots of money – those ways just involve hard work and why would anybody want to do that!? ;-p

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Lol Clav if it’s not right then don’t let it be the way of the world (^_^o )
    AND I never said that girls are lesser. :P So i’m glad you don’t think we are.

    Happy new years to you too!!!

  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    I’m one man, not a force of nature! Some things will never change including the need human beings have to compare each other visually to determine “status”, sexually and otherwise… I could compare it to being black, I’m fully aware racism isn’t right but I also accept it’s something which will never go away… Doesn’t stop me living and enjoying my life though! :-D

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    (^_^o ) It may not stop you living your life, but it can for others. And you may not be a force of nature, but it doesn’t take a force of nature to change things. Butterfly effect is a scientific theory… hmmm. Watch pay it forwards (very cute film :P)
    Just think about it. thats all i’m asking.

    To be fair, this issue in the greater scheme of things. Is not really all that important. HOWEVER if we don’t learn to get along in general and understand each other, then how are we ever gonna survive? (feminist and a greenie! watch out! lol)

    Live, Laugh, Recycle and Respect. (^_^o )

  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    I have thought about it – what I’ve written is my conclusion!

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    LMAO… ok your conclusion is that although you agree, being as you are just one person in the world. There is nothing you can do to change even your outlook on it?

    Defeatist much. But thats life.

  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Not defeatist my dear, just a realist. Plus, I got bills to pay and I want an easy life! :-p

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    I feel sorry for you in that case. I’d rather live life to the full and stand up for what I believe in. Who wants an easy life when there are so many exciting challenges? (^_^o )

    and it is defeatist as it can change, you just don’t wanna rock the boat.

  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Ah, my sarcasm was evidently lost on you then…

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    lmao. Internet and sarcasm have never crossed easily. (^_^o )

    My answer was due to the fact that I know a guy at work who says the exact same thing… sans Sarcasm. Lol

  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:41 AM

    Fair enough, it’s all good – and more power to you! :-D

  • Tami // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    Lol this has been fun… we should do this again some time :P


  • Clav // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    Anytime hun, anytime… lol

  • alfonto // Jan 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    you both should exchange number or something. hahah.

    happy new year.

  • Tiffany // Oct 17, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    As a women I really don’t find her playboy poses or anything that wrong. I mean she is covering herself and the black and white photo is really beautiful. I mean a womens body is great and if someone wants to show it off is a sexy way then go for it! If I had that body I would want too, she looks great and I think an athletic build on a women is beautiful too.

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