It must be said: Progress has been made. The first Body Issue in featured tennis champ Serena Williams naked on one cover, but alternate covers that same year pictured male athletes either partially clothed or just showing off their chests — not same level of nudity as a topless woman. MMA powerhouse Gina Carano was topless but wearing short shorts.
The first issue debuted on October 19, The edition included the regular sports coverage. In the bodies section athletes were featured on and off the field.
Sometimes, we need a little reminder that athletes -- like other humans -- come in all shapes and sizes. ESPN's annual Body Issuewhich includes profiles of professional athletes discussing their sports and their bodies, shows just that. Bingson has a positive relationship to her body, but that doesn't mean she's never faced hardship.
As always, the photo shoot was tastefully done, and while all the participants will benefit from the good publicity, the timeliness of the issue is most helpful for Jeter. The Body Issue will hit newsstands on Friday, July 13, exactly two weeks before the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. One week after that, Jeter will look to repeat her performance from the World Championships, when she won with a blistering time of
Skip navigation! Story from Fitness. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ESPN Magazine Body Issuethe annual spread that honors athletes bodies through nude photos.
Female athletes are having a major moment. First, the U. Not only are the photos absolutely jaw-dropping, but the athletes' quotes about loving their powerful and muscular bodies-and learning to live with their insecuries because yes, they have them too!
This is year-old Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. It's a nice pose, and at least she — unlike some of the others — didn't have to hold sporting equipment while naked. Ester Vergeer, 29, is a Dutch former wheelchair basketball player who now plays wheelchair tennis — and wins.
With the help of 20 brave athletes-including Serena Williams, Adrian Peterson and Dwight Howard-and an equally elite group of photographers, the debut issue immediately established itself as a cultural force. Since then, BODY has evolved into more than a stunning annual portfolio of images-it's become a powerful storytelling platform, a trusted forum for athletes to share not only their strengths, but also their vulnerabilities. There have been many milestones along the way: Olympic volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings posing for the issue in while eight months pregnant.
Aces center Liz Cambage recalled posting to her Instagram account in April and citing her location as Los Angeles — well before her trade to Las Vegas. The photo gallery will be available online Wednesday and in print Friday, but Cambage said she had forgotten about it until it was mentioned during an interview after practice. RJ: The gallery comes out this week. What type of reaction are you hoping to get?