The 'world's sexiest athlete' Alica Schmidt says she wants to be a sports star over being a model.
The 23-year-old, who once snubbed PlayBoy magazine, has claimed her image of being a sports athlete is hugely important to her. Schmidt, a 400m-distance runner, has more than three million followers on Instagram.
She was snubbed from Germany's Olympics team last year and was an unused substitute for the 4x400m mixed relay event. But her glamorous looks have seen her shoot to stardom. She was seen hanging out with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar last month and appearances with many modelling companies plus TV work have kept her name very much in the forefront of public consciousness.
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Speaking to German outlet Bild about her newfound fame, Schmidt said: "These are all moments and experiences that I really appreciate."
Quizzed on whether she would rather be perceived as a model or an athlete, Schmidt said: "I just want to be perceived as an athlete, I want to inspire young people and give them an insight into my beautiful sport. The fact that I get to meet so many incredibly interesting people is still unbelievable for me and I am infinitely grateful for all these experiences."
The runner is currently targeting a medal in the 400m German Athletics Championships in Berlin later this week, while she is also gunning for gold in both relay and individual events at the European Championships in Munich later this year.
"I'm not following a plan or strategy, I post because I enjoy it and when I feel like it. I don't put any pressure or stress on myself to always have to deliver something new. My friend Fredi still takes my photos and my manager Marcel takes care of everything else.
"But I always answer the questions and comments on Insta myself, it's like modern autograph mail. This is very important to me."
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