Showcasing some of the world’s most talented female athletes, ESPN’s annual Body Issue accomplishes its mission of inspiring us all to love what we’ve got. The magazine spread also serves as a prime opportunity to address standards of beauty and shows us what we can learn from the athletes baring it all.
It’s about embracing vulnerabilities and highlighting our strength while uniting to empower other women.
The issue celebrates the beauty of these elite athletes without any judgements. The takeaway from the issue is most certainly an abundance of love for of all body types and a powerful message about self acceptance.
Check out the gorgeous photos of the beautiful women below and get ready for a boost of inspiration to flood your way!
Aly Raisman (gymnastics) – “Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them. I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am. I think imperfection is beauty.”
Natalie Coughlin (swimming) – “One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport. As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”
Amanda Bingson (hammer throw) – “Whatever your body type is, just use it. There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can’t do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I’ll never be able to do, like run a marathon. There’s just no way that will ever happen.”
Brittany Griner (WNBA) – “I’m comfortable in my body and I don’t mind putting it on display,” Griner, 24, told ESPN of why she decided to pose naked. “Honestly, I like how unique it is. My big arms, my bigger hands, these long legs — I love being different. If everybody was the same, it’d be a boring-ass world.”
Ali Krieger (soccer) – The talented soccer star, told the magazine that she is blessed with a “little boy” body. “When I was 6 or 7, my gymnastics coach looked at my quads and told the other coach to come over and see my quads. They were big then and still are. But I’ve kind of embraced it through the years.”
Leticia Bufoni (skateboarding)
What a beautiful reminder to LOVE the skin you’re in.
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