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Danica Patrick Declined to Pose in the 2013 ESPN Body Issue

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2017

Danica Patrick won't be posing nude for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition or any other magazine—for now.

Stock-car racing's most infamous female driver spoke during her weekly press conference about being approached to do this year's Body Issue, which hit newsstands Friday. While not completely taking the possibility of a future photo shoot off the table, Patrick said she's not in a place at this point in her career where she'd feel comfortable baring all, per Associated Press sports writer Dan Gelston (h/t

"I mean as far as artistically, I think it'd be really fun, but it's not things that I need to do to push the issue with my brand," Patrick said. "There's already enough stuff that I do that pushes that."

Patrick also noted that she's turned down Sports Illustrated's requests to pose in a body-paint bikini for the publication's Swimsuit Edition. She appeared in both the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions, but she was in bathing suits in each shoot. Patrick has also appeared in other men's publications, including GQ

ESPN the Magazine's Body issue, in its fifth iteration, features athletes from all sports posing fully nude in artistic poses. This year's edition features appearances from 77-year-old golfer Gary Player, MMA fighter Miesha Tate and Funny Car racer Courtney Force, who is viewed somewhat as the Patrick of her sport. 

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