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

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

[media-credit name=”Art Strieber” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]ESPN Body Issue, 2015, Sports, Athletes[/media-credit]

Heptathlete Chantae McMillan

[media-credit name=”Carlos Serrao” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Carlos Serrao -- Chantae McMillan[/media-credit]

 

New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

[media-credit name=”Carlos Serrao” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Carlos Serrao--Odell Beckham Jr[/media-credit]

 

Wakeboarder Dallas Friday

[media-credit name=”Jason Lee” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Jason Lee -- Dallas Friday[/media-credit]

 

Olympic Field Hockey Player Paige Selenski

[media-credit name=”Jeff Lipsky” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Jeff Lipsky -- Paige Selenski[/media-credit]

 

Tennis Player Stan Wawrinka

[media-credit name=”Kai Z Feng” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Kai Z Feng -- Stan Wawrinka[/media-credit]

 

 

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman

[media-credit name=”Mark Seliger” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Mark Seliger -- Aly Raisman[/media-credit]

 

Dallas Stars Centerman Tyler Seguin

[media-credit name=”Martin Schoeller” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Martin Schoeller -- Tyler Seguin[/media-credit]

 

Phoenix Mercury Center Brittney Griner

[media-credit name=”Paola Kudacki” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Paola Kudacki -- Brittney Griner[/media-credit]

 

Dallas Mavericks Center Deandre Jordan

[media-credit name=”Peggy Sirota” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peggy Sirota -- Deandre Jordan[/media-credit]

 

Big Wave Surfer Laird Hamilton with Volleyball Player wife Gabrielle Reece

[media-credit name=”Peggy Sirota” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peggy Sirota -- Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece[/media-credit]

 

Professional Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni

[media-credit name=”Peggy Sirota” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peggy Sirota -- Leticia Bufoni[/media-credit]

 

Track and Field Hammer Thrower Amanda Bingson

[media-credit name=”Peter Hapak” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peter Hapak -- Amanda Bingson[/media-credit]

 

Washington Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper

[media-credit name=”Peter Hapak” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peter Hapak -- Bryce Harper[/media-credit]

 

Golfer Sadena Parks

[media-credit name=”Peter Hapak” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Peter Hapak -- Sadena Parks[/media-credit]

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward Kevin Love

[media-credit name=”Richard Phibbs” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Richard Phibbs -- Kevin Love[/media-credit]

 

Archer Khatuna Lorig

[media-credit name=”Richard Phibbs” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Richard Phibbs -- Khatuna Lorig[/media-credit]

 

Rugby Captain Todd Clever

[media-credit name=”Richard Phibbs” align=”aligncenter” width=”704″]Richard Phibbs -- Todd Clever[/media-credit]

 

Soccer Player Jermaine Jones

[media-credit name=”Sophy Holland” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Sophy Holland -- Jermaine Jones[/media-credit]

 

Soccer Player Ali Krieger

[media-credit name=”Williams + Hirakawa” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Williams + Hirakawa -- Ali Krieger[/media-credit]

 

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin

[media-credit name=”Williams + Hirakawa” align=”aligncenter” width=”702″]Williams + Hirakawa -- Natalie Coughlin[/media-credit]

(featured image via Peggy Sirota)

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