Posted July 05, 2013

Alex Morgan turns 24

The U.S. women's soccer star reflects on her swim shoot and the day SI made her body into a work of art

Alumni, Photos, Sports


Alex Morgan may be one of the world’s greatest soccer players, but for one November day in 2011, she belonged to body painter Joanne Gair and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit team. Gair had an eager subject in Morgan,  who was surprised at how comfortable she felt wearing so little. “I feel like it was art today they drew on me,” she said of the shoot. “I didn’t feel like I was naked at all.” So as Morgan celebrates her 24th birthday, SwimDaily looks back at her best photos, on and off the soccer pitch.