A few years ago, one of the most popular naked body parts in professional soccer was the female member of the opposing team’s team.
Now, the naked body art craze has reached a fever pitch.
But in order to truly appreciate how naked the sport is becoming, it helps to take a step back and consider what makes it so special.
“When you think of naked bodies, you think they’re always there,” says Kelly McLeod, a professional soccer player and founder of the Naked Body Art Project.
“It’s a perfect representation of what soccer is about, which is physical and physical play.”
In order to find out what makes the naked soccer body part so special, McLeod and the Naked Bodies crew started by taking a look at the history of naked soccer.
“I wanted to know how a game like soccer has been around since the beginning,” McLeod says.
“We were like, what’s the earliest game where naked body painting was done?
And there’s a lot of them.”
McLeod was inspired by an article on NakedBodies.com, a site dedicated to documenting naked body paintings in soccer, that listed the first ever naked body exhibition.
“So I just started digging,” she says.
She came across the first such exhibition in 1876, which featured the body of the female team captain, Victoria Pendleton.
In the same year, the first naked body was created for the women’s team, which included a full head of hair and the name of the team.
McLeod knew that she wanted to be able to identify the team’s captain and see her naked body in the same way.
“She’s so iconic,” McLesterson says.
McLuderson created her own nude body art, a tattoo on her leg and an arm with a butterfly pattern on her shoulder.
McDaniel is a student of soccer history and history of art, and in the process of researching the history and art of the sport, she also learned that Pendleton had been a professional athlete for years.
She also learned Pendleton’s last name, which was the first one she had in the English language.
“What she was really known for was being a soccer player,” McDaniel says.
As McLadeson started looking into the history, she came across an article in The Boston Globe on February 17, 1876.
It said that the first nude body painting took place in England, which she assumed to be the U.K. According to McDaniel, this article came from a newspaper in the U,K., and it was about a woman named Elizabeth.
McElroy, who is an English major, said she knew Pendleton because she worked with her as a team member and that she had an interest in body art.
McLaury also remembers Pendleton as a soccer mom.
“There was an article about her and her family, and I knew that I wanted to do the same thing,” McLauries said.
The next day, McElry created her first nude art.
“The next day I took the tattoo off and had a very small butterfly pattern that’s on my leg,” she said.
McLeysons mother died that same year.
McEllington was working as a housekeeper when she was working at her local store, where she started making art for the team to sell.
In 1877, she was asked to paint a football uniform for the players, and she created a small version of the same tattoo.
“My first tattoo was a football jersey with the initials F.A.C.,” McLeith says.
The letter F stands for “facial awareness,” and the letter C stands for the “face awareness.”
McElley says that this tattoo has since become a regular tattoo on female soccer players.
“A lot of the women have it, but not all of them do,” McElleys said.
“Some of them are just starting out with it, and then it gets easier.”
McLayers mother also had the same initials on her body art that McElries tattoo.
McLeary says that she didn’t get her first tattoo until the age of 19, and it is the same letter F as McElray’s tattoo.
“[My tattoo] is a little bit more feminine and more modern than that,” McLeary said.
In 1908, the England Football Association came up with rules to make it easier for players to compete in the game, and McElrry started making her own tattoos.
“At that time, it was very much a competition, and the more girls who wanted to compete, the better they were,” McEry said.
So she started creating her own body art to help compete.
In 1909, McLeory made her first body art for England, and by 1910, she had her first and only tattoo.
Today, she still has her own tattoo.
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