If you’re following the Women’s World Cup, you may know that three members (L-R Elodie Thomas, Gaetane Thiney, and Corine Franco) of the French team posed for some for the German tabloid Bild under the heading, “Is this how we should show up before you come to our games?”
I wish that women’s athletic performances, not images of nude bodies, drew viewers. At the same time, I appreciate the headline. It has a tongue-in-cheek quality that makes me think that the copy editor or creative director understood the complexity (ok, maybe just the irony?) of the photo. Note, though, how the photo airbrushes all three players. Elodie Thomis’s skin has been lightened. Is her natural color not “sexy” enough?
The same three players are shown in soccer action below. These are the images that I hope inspire my soccer-loving daughter.