Danica Declines Magazine Offer
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 12, 2013 | 11:02 P.M. EST
Danica Patrick says she "might change her mind'' and accept an offer to appear in ESPN The Magazine's body issue at some point. (Photo Getty Images)
LOUDON, N.H. - ESPN The Magazine’s annual body issue features NHRA racer Courtney Force on the cover, but could it feature Danica Patrick someday?
Patrick, who appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in 2009, says she’s been asked to appear in ESPN’s body issue but has always turned down the offer. The ESPN issue features athletes in artistic nude poses.
“I just never felt like that was something I needed or wanted to do,’’ Patrick said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “A lot of the stuff that I’ve done that has been scantily clad has all been swimsuit stuff. I was also asked to do the painted section of the swimsuit issue. I was asked to do that the second year after I was in it the first time.
“I asked one of my most liberal friends if I should do it and she was like, “Um, that’s naked right? Last I checked that’s naked.” Would I feel comfortable? I’m sure it’d be a little bit borderline. There’s a difference to me between going to the beach and wearing a swimming suit and going to the beach and wearing nothing or paint. That’s just pushing the limit a little bit.’’
She won’t rule out appearing in ESPN's body issue, though.
“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. So, I’d rather stay in my full comfort zone than go that far. I’m not saying there will never be a day. When I speak to them and they ask me each time I say, ‘Don’t stop asking.’ I might change my mind one year. And it might be something that parallels something else I’m doing, or where I’m at, or how I’m feeling. But just not right now.’’
She says her sponsor, Go Daddy, won’t stop her if she decides to do it.
“I don’t think there’s really been anybody that necessarily says what I can or can’t do,’’ Patrick said. “But all I do know is that Go Daddy’s always said from the very beginning and all along is that, “Whatever you do we’re behind you.'' So I always felt comfortable that my primary source of concern being Go Daddy would always be OK with whatever it was that I wanted to do.
“That’s cool for an athlete to know that their biggest backer is behind them no matter what. I still have to do things that I feel completely comfortable with and I feel wouldn’t take away from the other things I do, the good things that I do.’’