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‘Fit & Beautiful’ Female Athletes Featured In ESPN Body Issue

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  •  July 9, 2015


The real women come in all seizes. Not just size-zero.

The ESPN’s latest ‘Body Issue’ is showing nude female athletes but in the most subtle way. The powerful images urges us to accept every kind of body type and not believe in some superficial ‘perfect body shape’.Screen-Shot-2015-07-07-at-3.33.33-PM

ESPN gives this photo-project a heading that says ‘Bodies We Want’. Pictures show confident women who are muscular and physically strong. Each beautiful photo is followed by that particular athlete’s quote about loving her body and learning to live with her insecurities.Screen-Shot-2015-07-07-at-3.35.38-PM

One of them said, “I don’t look in the mirror and think ‘slim’. I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Whoa, beast!'” See more:

1. Ali Krieger – 30-year-old USWNT defender
“Everyone makes fun of my calves. They are so big. I don’t really even like them, I don’t really want them as big as they are, but I have no choice. In college, girls would come up to me: ‘I want your calves.’ It just makes me laugh. I guess people pay a lot of money to have the types of bodies athletes have.ali-krieger-7002. Paige Selenski – 25-year-old field hockey player
“It’s not like I woke up one day and I had a really athletic body and ripped-up abs. I was lucky that I was naturally gifted with an athletic body, but I also put a lot of work into it. I don’t stay home and do abs all day long; it just comes with running and all the things I do to stay in shape. I use my body every day for my job. We constantly put our bodies through pain. I’m not afraid to show that off.”selenski-7003. Sadena Parks – 25-year-old LPGA-golfer
“I have a butt that is larger than I want it to be. I know it gives me power in my swing, but everybody is like ‘You’ve got a nice butt!’ I’m like ‘Well, thank you, but you can have it if you want it. I’ll give it to you, it’s all yours.”sadena-parks-7004. Aly Raisman – 21-year-old Olympic gymnast
“I think imperfection is beauty. 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.”aly-raisman-7005. Natalie Coughlin – 32-year-old Olympic swimmer
“I’m self-conscious about my arms. It’s really hard to find a dress that’s a size 10 in the lats but a size 4 in the waist. But I want to be as successful as I can; if that means having big arms, I’ll take big arms.”natalie-coughlin-7006. Brittney Griner – 24-year-old two-time WNBA All-Star
“I’d describe myself as athletically lanky. I want to show people that. I’m comfortable in my body and I don’t mind putting it on display. 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.”Screen-Shot-2015-07-07-at-3.48.14-PM7. Amanda Bingson – 25-year-old USA Track & Field hammer thrower
“Dense would be the right word for me. Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don’t have any of that. My arm is just my arm—it’s not cut, it’s not sculpted. I don’t have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don’t have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren’t bulging out. I’m just dense. I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes.”amanda-bingson-7008. Leticia Bufoni – 22-year-old skateboarder
“I never lift weights. I don’t want to get big. If you want to skate well and be fast you can’t be big, you know? I use more of my body weight [when I train].”leticia-bufoni-7009. Gabrielle Reece: 45-year-old professional beach volleyball player (posed with husband and big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton)

“In college, I was modeling in New York, and I worked with the most beautiful women in the world. They were so beautiful you could barely look at them. And then I would go back to my team at Florida State, and we were all trying to get as big as we could because we wanted to be as strong as possible. And they seemed more confident and happier. I thought, being perfectly beautiful—or what’s defined by the standards of the world as beautiful—doesn’t actually make you happier.”gabrielle-reece-70010. Khatuna Lorig – 41 year-old archer
“My back muscles are beautiful! Archery has helped sculpt my upper body. I’m in great shape and really happy about that, very satisfied. I put up slow-motion videos that focus on my back and on my shoulders, and when I watch them I think, ‘Damn, I look good!'”khatuna-lorig-70011. Dallas Friday – 28-year-old wakeboarder
“I was built like a little powerhouse. When I was transferring from gymnastics to wakeboarding, I was a little self-conscious. There’s not a huge difference going from a leotard to a bathing suit, but you’d see these beautiful girls in bikinis, and I’m only 13 or 14 years old with this buff little body. I grew into being really proud of it, knowing that that’s what has enabled me to do what I do.”dallas-friday12. Chantae McMillan – 27-year-old Olympic heptathlete
“I don’t look in the mirror and think ‘slim’; I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Whoa, beast!’ It’s just crazy how much the body changes. Looking in the mirror, I get surprised like every other week. It’s like I’m Wonder Woman.”chantae-mcmillanWhat do you think of these photos?

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