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August 14, 2008: "Amanda Beard Says Yes To Posing Nude For PETA"
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard poses nude for the latest PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ad.
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Beard's ad, "Be comfortable in your own skin, don't wear fur," was released just a few days before the Olympics at the Athletes Village in Beijing, where she was preparing for the 2008 Olympics.
She claims that she would rather go nude than slaughter an animal to wear as fashion. She joins the cause with fellow celebs such as Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson, who have also vowed to never wear fur. Beard expresses no regrets about baring it all in the name of a worthy cause.
Some controversy has arisen about whether or not Beard's motives are genuine. Skeptics, aware that she will appear in Playboy magazine, claim that the ad was just another way of getting some publicity. Playboy is said to also be featuring a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot. Reactions to the claim have been mixed.
Nonetheless, no one doubts the boldness of her statement as China is on PETA's list of countries that aren't doing much for animal rights. PETA has recently carried out an investigation into China's thriving fur industry. Chinese officials did not support Beard's unveiling of the ad in their country, which is why she did it at the Athlete's Village.
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Birth name: Amanda Ray Beard.
Born: October 29, 1981 in Newport Beach, California, USA.
NEW Amanda Beard At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas Convention Center
Amanda Beard biography (bio):
Amanda Ray Beard is an American Olympic swimmer and model.
Beard made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 games at the age of 14. She won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and a gold in the medley relay. Her young-teen manner captured the attention of the media, and she was often photographed clutching her teddy bear which joined her on the medal stand. She won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 Games. Amanda attended the University of Arizona where she captured an individual NCAA National Championship in 2001.
In 2003 she became the world champion and world record holder in the 200m breaststroke. She also made a good showing at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, and she competed in the 2004 Olympic Games, where she won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke, her first individual gold medal. She also won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley, and she finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Amanda has won eight United States titles (thrice in both the 200m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke, plus twice in the 200m individual medley). She was 1st in world ranking of 200m breaststroke in 2003.
Her modeling work through photos in swimwear, including bikinis, have been in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She is a spokesperson for Defenders of Wildlife, and she enjoys interior decorating. Both of her sisters, Leah and Taryn, are swimmers. Amanda placed eighth in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Celebrity car race in 2006.
Beard previously dated South African swimmer, Ryk Neethling and NASCAR Nextel Cup Driver, Carl Edwards. She is currently dating photographer Sacha Brown.
Beard was featured on the cover of the September 2004 issue of FHM magazine that was titled the "Sexy Olympic special". Alongside Beard were pro volleyball player Logan Tom, pro track stars Amy Acuff and Jenny Adams, and fellow pro swimmer Haley Cope. Amanda was featured on the cover and an inside pictorial for the August 2006 issue of FHM, which also named her the world's sexiest athlete on the cover.
Amanda posed for the July 2007 issue of Playboy. She was featured on the cover and in a nude pictorial. Amanda is currently featured on domain company GoDaddy's promotional material as the "GoDaddy Girl"