Former Indy driver Danica Patrick — who will race full time in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and who will make her Sprint Cup debut in the upcoming Daytona 500 — is looking for a little image makeover and she wants the media to help her.
She told reporters that she would rather be called “pretty” than “sexy.”
“Maybe you guys can answer this question in some way,” Patrick said. “If there is a pretty girl, (reporters) don’t know how to describe her other than being sexy. It has such a negative connotation to it.”
“You don’t say those kinds of things to frame it like that for a guy or even sometimes talk about it,” Patrick added. “But it seems like with female athletes, if they are pretty, (reporters) only know how to describe them in a sexual way. I don’t care, but I just wonder why we can’t talk about it in a different way. Why can’t there be other words for it? Why does it have to be somewhat negatively twisted?”
So, Danica, how should reporters refer to a good-looking female athlete?
“Just something without the word ‘sex’ in it,” Patrick said.
Ok, note taken. But getting the media to change the way they refer to you is going to be a little difficult. You see, when you search for Danica Patrick on YouTube, this is the very first video that pops up.