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Bodypainted Gulbis poses in SI swimsuit issue

Natalie GulbisNatalie Gulbis is featured in the body-paint section of Sports Illustrated's recently released swimsuit issue. Gulbis is one of three female athletes in body paint, including U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin and U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan. (Gulbis' full SI gallery | Gulbis's gallery)  

'[A]nyone who has ever done swimsuit or fashion modeling, or as an athlete, just to be invited is a huge honor. It’s something I’ve wanted to be a part of for quite a few years, and I was so excited when they asked me to be a part of it,' Gulbis told

Gulbis said the process took 13 hours and added that the paint came off in one wash. 

'The most pressure was when they were taking pictures,' she said. 'I was so nervous. You’re up there, and they’re playing club music and everyone is having fun and dancing around. They might forget that you’re naked, but you don’t forget that you’re naked. And everybody’s watching you.'