Megan Rapinoe is capping off a wild 2019 in style.
The captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team was honored this week by Sports Illustrated at its annual Sportsperson of the Year ceremony, where she hit the red carpet in an ankle-length satin sheath with a waist-cinching belt. Adding an extra pop of color was, of course, her hair, which is currently a vibrant violet hue.
It may or may not have been an intentional choice, but Rapinoe managed to beautifully showcase Pantone's recently-announced Color of the Year, a dark blue tone labeled "Classic Blue."
According to Sports Illustrated, there was little debate about selecting Rapinoe to be honored as Sportsperson of the Year. The magazine's co-editor-in-chief, Steve Cannella, called it an "easy decision" in a statement, adding that Rapinoe is "a force of nature on and off the field, a trailblazing soccer player who also proves every day how large and loud a voice a socially conscious athlete can have in 2019."
Although Rapinoe has long been a staple of the women's soccer world, she became a household name in May 2019 during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was her third World Cup appearance, and her unabashed leadership helped push the team to victory.
In what would become what SI calls "the signature sports image of 2019," after scoring a goal against France in the quarterfinals, Rapinoe turned toward the audience, lifted her chin and raised her arms into a V. Some called it patriotic, others called it arrogant, but Rapinoe remained steadfastly unapologetic in a strong stance against sexist sports commentary.
Aside from Rapinoe's SI recognition, Warrick Dunn was given the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award and Luke Dončić was named Breakout of the Year.
Also honored on Monday were two teenagers: High school quarterback Bryce Young, named the first SI All-American award recipient, 15-year-old soccer player Ally Sentnor, who was selected as this year's SportsKid of the Year. A few weeks back, Rapinoe herself delivered the exciting news in a video message: "Hopefully you get up to my team pretty soon," she said.
“Can I have that video?” an awed Sentnor asked the crew.
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