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McIlroy's ex Caroline Wozniacki wears coat of paint for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot

By Lesley Houston

Rory McIlroy's ex-fiancée Caroline Wozniacki continues to grab the headlines ahead of her former beau with her latest daring photoshoot.

The 25-year-old Danish tennis star stripped down to a bathing suit - of sorts - for the much-anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 2016.

Look again closely and you'll see your eyes are deceiving you - she's actually wearing nothing... but body paint.

The star is no stranger to the magazine, which drapes fit and glamorous celebrities and sportswomen in their near altogether over its pages, but this year's swimsuit issue certainly ups Caroline's profile.

The Dane dumped by the Northern Ireland golfer after their wedding invitations had already gone out will no doubt draw many new admirers when they see her toned body covered only in the painted-on red one-piece.

The barely-there look sets this year's appearance in the mag in stark contrast to her debut last year, when the former world number one posed in a more demure white bikini.

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The tennis player began attracting more attention outside the white lines in 2013 when she teamed up with Danish company JBS to launch her own lingerie line - posing for a series of raunchy shots to promote her new scanties, This Is Me.

At the launch, Wozniacki described the "sexy, durable underwear" as a reflection of herself.

She said: "That's why I chose to create my own underwear collection for the girl who wants the good looks from fashion, a perfect fit for her body, and a quality that's hard to beat."

Wozniacki underwent her photoshoot for Sports Illustrated in a work of art rendered over 15 hours by painter Joanne Gair, and later admitted she simply loved the results.

"I had a blast, this was so much fun," she said.

"I love my body paint. This has been such an unbelievable experience."

She also took to social media to thank the artist and her "glam squad" for helping her look "my best in years" in the magazine.

Her joy is a world away from the feelings she experienced in 2013 when McIlroy shocked everybody by ditching her.

Wozniacki is not the only famous face to have traded in her real swimsuit for a painted one in the issue.

She features alongside the American trio of Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, supermodel Chrissy Teigen and ultimate fighter and actress Ronda Rousey, who all have the brush applied.

Their appearance in the pages of the famous publication come in a year that has seen a distinctive shift in the glossy's tone, with the usual supermodels in bikinis now coupled with images of more realistic looking women.

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