It’s news when a University of Georgia student athlete turns down an offer to turn pro.
It’s usually a football player we’re talking about. This time it’s a cheerleader.
Junior Anna Watson has declined a $75,000 modeling contract, concerned about the physical impact of performance-enhancing substances that could be part of a professional career.
“I don’t serve a modeling agent. I serve the Lord,” Watson, an exercise and sports science major from Fayetteville, told UGA’s independently run student newspaper, the Red & Black. “I’m not going to compromise my morals and my beliefs just to take pictures. I believe that my body is a temple and a beautiful creation, so I don’t want to put anything into it that can harm it.”
Watson discussed her physique and her faith during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
“I’ve grown up in the church and I’ve been in the Word my entire life and just reading the truth and seeing that this is really not something that God wanted me to do,” Watson said. “I feel like my body was created the way it’s supposed to be and it’s a temple and putting artificial things in it was not something that I was willing to do.”
Come football season, we anticipate plenty of cameras will be trained on UGA’s sidelines.
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