Style & Beauty

Sports Illustrated Body Paint Model Bethany Dempsey: "You Don't Feel Naked" (PHOTO)

The 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition features wives and girlfriends, aka WAGS, of the world's best soccer players showing their support in painted replica jerseys and bikini bottoms.

The photo below shows Bethany Dempsey, the 26-year-old wife of U.S. Midfielder soccer player Clint Dempsey, upholding this time-honored SI tradition. (See some SI body paint trailblazers HERE.) Below, Dempsey answers our questions about her experience.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover featuring Brooklyn Decker was revealed Monday night.

Photo below by Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated. Issue date 2/12/10 and on sale now. For more WAGS visit


Why did you decide to get body-painted for the Swimsuit Edition?
I had first known I was in consideration for the World Cup wives feature when they told me that it would be with body paint. I was a little unsure, but I looked at some of the past body paint features in SI and other work by Joanne Gair. Her work was really amazing so I decided to do it.

How long did it take?
I think it actually took around 15 hours (just the painting).

What did you do to stave off boredom while you were being painted?
Normally I am chasing around a one-year-old and doing a million things, so it was actually kind of nice to have nothing to do but sit still. We also listened to a lot of music and just chatted so it didn't seem boring.

Do you feel naked when the paint is on?
You don't feel naked, because you look in the mirror and it looks like you are wearing a swimsuit. The detailing is amazing.

How hard was it to get the paint off?
Getting it all off is a lot more work than just taking off a bikini. You have to scrub for a while.