ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “The Body Issue,” arrived on newsstands last week, Friday, October 7th. Over 20 athletes will appear naked, with their private parts strategically covered, as part of the issue titled “Bodies We Want.” LA Clippers Forward-Center Blake Griffin will be featured as one of the four covers. Soccer player Hope Solo, who is the Goalkeeper for the US National Team, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, and Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are on the other three. See all the athletes here.
“This is an issue in the short time we’ve been doing it that’s become pretty anticipated,” ESPN The Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman said.
Last year’s Body Issue featured Kelly Slater strutting his nakedness. This time, four-time surfing world champ Stephanie Gilmore takes her turn posing in her birthday suit. Stephanie, who was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame last year in Huntington Beach, unveils her body, talks about being a pro surfer and staying in shape during the interview.
In addition to the bare body pictorials, the featured athletes also talk about insecurities, being self conscious, and how they feel in tune with their bodies while doing their sport.
According to Stephanie, on her inclusion in this year’s issue: “Why not? My thought was, Do it while the opportunity is there. Honestly, I was a little bit nervous, but I spend most of my time in a bikini anyway — although, posing naked goes a bit further than that. Of course, I was like, “Ahhh, I’ve got some insecurities,” but it was actually quite liberating.”
You go, girl!