It must be said: Progress has been made. The first Body Issue in featured tennis champ Serena Williams naked on one cover, but alternate covers that same year pictured male athletes either partially clothed or just showing off their chests — not same level of nudity as a topless woman. MMA powerhouse Gina Carano was topless but wearing short shorts.
It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part.
Athletes posing nude for magazines and other photo shoots show us another dimension of their fearless, bold and athletic selves. They are a novel idea but are no more of shock value because of the sheer number of modern sports persons who agree to get photograph bare-bodied. Here is a list of athletes, some of who just turned up the heat while some created ripples with their bold photos.
Boxers, ballerinas, and basketball players are all among the 18 incredibly fit participants that agreed to take off their clothes for a good cause. Photographer and former biathlete Dominika Cuda was the one who came up with the idea for the project that took one year to complete. Unlike most calendars, includes more than just 12 pictures. Instead of just giving each athlete a separate month, the author of the idea created a page personal sport planner that will allow the person to track their training progress, sleeping patterns and nutritional plans all whilst admiring the beautifully captured bodies.
When athletes prepare for their upcoming seasons, they put their bodies through rigorous workouts and intense mental and physical training. Year after year, the ESPN Body Issue showcases the beauty underneath their uniforms and just how insanely toned and committed these athletes are to their respective sports. On Wednesday, photos from the 11th edition of the highly anticipated annual Body Issue were released, featuring 21 unique athletes and 17 different covers.
While all of the images can be found in a gallery on ESPN. Amanda Nunes conquered her opponent. Some of the athletes featured in this year's issue were relative unknowns outside of their respective sports, but that is no longer the case.
Tomorrow is the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London. Awe-inspiring athletic forms and feats will capture the attention of the world for the next two weeks. Images of Olympic titans will be plentiful and I am looking forward to both the photography and the drama of country-vs-country competition.
I knew it was coming. ESPN has slowly been leaking pictures for the last week in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of The Body Issue. The self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports is opening the vault of hundreds of thousands of pictures of naked athletes over the last decade.
Photographer Dominika Cuda, a former biathlonist based in London, convinced athletes including cross-fit champs, ballerinas, horse riders and boxers to show off their ridiculously ripped bodies for the calendar. The pictures, taken at various locations in Warsaw, Poland, will form a page diary and personal planner. Proceeds will go to the One Year Fund, which provides young athletes with clothing and equipment.