No body issues here! Eight powerful women athletes posed naked for ESPN’s 2019 Body Issue, and the images are stunning. Proclaiming “every body has a story,” the final print edition of ESPN drops tomorrow, featuring 21 athletes in total. The women represented include a soccer player, an MMA fighter, a paralympian, a gymnast, a CrossFit champion, a basketball player, a retired point guard and a surfer, and they all remind us of the power of the human body — and spirit.
The images themselves aren’t the only beautiful result of the photo shoot. As gymnast Katelyn Ohashi put it, “I have gone through eating disorders and body shaming, and here I am today doing this shoot for millions of people to see.” Similarly, Katrin Davidsdottir, a two-time CrossFit Games champion, told ESPN that she is “so proud of every single muscle” in her body. Shooting in the nude for a major magazine is one way to break down one’s insecurities, and all eight women exude pride and confidence in the photographs. There is nothing more powerful than a woman who knows her worth, knows her value, and isn’t afraid to be herself. Scroll through the slideshow to see the incredible athletes pose with nothing between them and the camera.