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Swimmer Amanda Beard competed in four Olympic Games, the first in 1996 when she was just 14 years old. She appeared on the cover of Playboy in 2007.
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Amanda Beard gave up her amateur athletic status in 2001, which allowed her to receive sponsorships and endorsement deals. She was successful, but even after appearing as a model in several publications, including Sports Illustrated's 2005 swimsuit edition, she continued to have negative feelings about her body.
After starting therapy, Beard was asked to pose for Playboy. The combination of putting her body issues to rest, along with the large paycheck she would receive,
convinced her to go ahead with the offer. She appeared in the July 2007 issue. A vegetarian, Beard also took part in a PETA campaign, with its own revealing photo, that was unveiled in Beijing in 2008.
In addition to modeling and sponsorships, Beard continues to promote swimming, and still enjoys the sport she has loved since she was a little girl.
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