Stepford Illustrated

A Sports Illustrated photo gallery of golfer Natalie Gulbis is more interested in how she looks in the kitchen than on the links.

Published August 9, 2006 7:59PM (EDT)

An ace Broadsheet reader just alerted us to a strange Sports Illustrated photo gallery starring 23-year-old professional golfer Natalie Gulbis. His description of the pictures pretty much sums it up: She's posing "at a stove with pots and pans, with a Stepford smile. And baking a cake ... I think that they MIGHT be reaching for irony. But even so, still creepy." (Our reader must be one of those awesome male feminists.)

Why is she posing with pots and pans? You might well wonder. Well, the accompanying text clears all this up: "The ingredients to make her a breakout star are all there: the looks (she has a notorious calendar, banned from sale at the U.S. Open by the USGA), a famous romantic interest (Ben Roethlisberger pre-motorcycle crash) ... And, oh yeah, the 23-year-old Gulbis can also play a little golf..."

We'll let you know when the photo spread of Tiger Woods mowing the lawn in a tux comes out.

By Sarah Goldstein

Sarah Goldstein is an editorial fellow at Salon.

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