Saturday 17 March 2018

Mission Survive winner Alex Scott happy with 'powerful' naked photo

Alex Scott won the Women's FA Cup with Arsenal this season
Alex Scott won the Women's FA Cup with Arsenal this season

Mission Survive winner Alex Scott said she is glad she did not turn down posing naked for a glossy magazine as it gave her the chance to be a body role model for other young women.

The England and Arsenal footballer, 31, won the gruelling Bear Grylls ITV series earlier this year and recently took on another daring challenge when she stripped off for Women's Health UK magazine.

The shoot shows off her toned body as she strikes a tasteful footballing pose which she describes as "powerful", but she admitted the shoot was one she almost refused.

She told the Press Association: "It was huge. I was going backwards and forwards. I think I said no about twice and they just showed me the bigger picture - the young girls that you can affect."

"It's all about body image. It isn't just about me being naked, it's about young girls having role models that are confident, strong. It's like 'Don't listen to anyone else, be confident in yourself'.

"And it was a powerful image. I'm happy now, looking back, that I didn't turn it down."

The reality series champion is also drawing up plans to work as a television presenter when she hangs up her football boots.

Retirement could come as soon as next summer after England's appearance at the Uefa European Women's Championship in the Netherlands, and Scott is keen to challenge herself off the pitch.

She has won 134 England caps and lifted the FA Cup trophy as Arsenal's captain in May.

She has also impressed in punditry roles and is working as a presenter on the Premier League's international television shows.

"When I hang up my boots I know that's what I want to be doing," Scott said.

"I look at people like Gabby Logan and Jacqui Oatley who are fantastic, and I don't just want to be a pundit, I want to be presenting shows as well."

Euro 2017 success with England next summer would be a perfect way to sign off her international career.

Scott said: "The only thing that's missing from my trophy cabinet is a gold medal, so that's the big aim over the next year, then I'll sit down and evaluate and see what happens."

Press Association

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