PHOTOS: ESPN Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’ Does A (Nude) Body Good
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PHOTOS: ESPN Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’ Does A (Nude) Body Good

Written by Terri Washington on June 19, 2018
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This week, the 7th annual ESPN Body Issue came out, satisfying everyone’s annual fix of professional athletic flesh. Past models include Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch, Serena Williams, Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Sydney Leroux. The newest crop of athletes to bare all range in height, weight, race, age, gender and sports league.

While The Body Issue mostly celebrates the human athletic form, its athletes have also spoken out on how they maintain their impressive physiques throughout the year as well as body image issues. One of the cover athletes, Olympic hammer thrower Amanda Bingson, spoke about how she wanted to be in the issue because, “I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes.”

Although the ESPN Body Issue is most “legitimate” offering of nudity in modern sports (it’s softcore at worst and artistic at best), it’s certainly not the first public offering of nude athletes. In ancient Greece it was normal for athletes to exercise and compete in the nude. In ancient Sparta, the Gymnopaedia was a yearly celebration where naked youths displayed their athletic and martial arts skills. But sadly nudity in US sports doesn’t have much of a history outside of the occasional porn site.

For now though, let’s bask in the beauty within the ESPN Body Issue:

Indianapolis Colts Offensive Linemen Jack Mewhort, Anthony Castanzo, and Todd Herremans

ESPN Body Issue, 2015, Sports, Athletes

Heptathlete Chantae McMillan

Carlos Serrao -- Chantae McMillan

 

New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Carlos Serrao--Odell Beckham Jr

 

Wakeboarder Dallas Friday

Jason Lee -- Dallas Friday

 

Olympic Field Hockey Player Paige Selenski

Jeff Lipsky -- Paige Selenski

 

Tennis Player Stan Wawrinka

Kai Z Feng -- Stan Wawrinka

 

 

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman

Mark Seliger -- Aly Raisman

 

Dallas Stars Centerman Tyler Seguin

Martin Schoeller -- Tyler Seguin

 

Phoenix Mercury Center Brittney Griner

Paola Kudacki -- Brittney Griner

 

Dallas Mavericks Center Deandre Jordan

Peggy Sirota -- Deandre Jordan

 

Big Wave Surfer Laird Hamilton with Volleyball Player wife Gabrielle Reece

Peggy Sirota -- Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece

 

Professional Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni

Peggy Sirota -- Leticia Bufoni

 

Track and Field Hammer Thrower Amanda Bingson

Peter Hapak -- Amanda Bingson

 

Washington Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper

Peter Hapak -- Bryce Harper

 

Golfer Sadena Parks

Peter Hapak -- Sadena Parks

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward Kevin Love

Richard Phibbs -- Kevin Love

 

Archer Khatuna Lorig

Richard Phibbs -- Khatuna Lorig

 

Rugby Captain Todd Clever

Richard Phibbs -- Todd Clever

 

Soccer Player Jermaine Jones

Sophy Holland -- Jermaine Jones

 

Soccer Player Ali Krieger

Williams + Hirakawa -- Ali Krieger

 

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin

Williams + Hirakawa -- Natalie Coughlin

(featured image via Peggy Sirota)

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