Get a view of the body-sculpture of the star athletes in entirety. On Monday ESPN unveiled all the six covers from the Body Issue.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, Olympians Amanda Bingson and Chantae McMillan, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin, and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. feature on the six different covers of ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual Body Issue.
This comes as a prelude before the Body Issue hits the stands on July 10.
Ali Krieger, women soccer star of the recently crowned World Champion US national team, is also among the 24 iconic athletes to feature on the issue. The hot and glamorous defender spoke of her burning desire to pose wild.
“It’s important to show your vulnerabilities. I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest.”
Michael Phelps and Venus Williams will also feature on the Body Issue.
The rule for every athlete is same; they all shoot entirely shedding off their robes, while walking nude in the sets. After inspection of ESPN The Magazine’s team, the right ones are selected.
“We have a lot of athletes who come to us and say, ‘we’re dying to be in the “Body Issue,”’ which is a great thing, a great position to be in,” said the Magazine’s Deputy Editor Neely Lohmann. “You would always like to get your Lebron, people like Venus Williams, who is someone I always wanted and she did it last year.”
Only six athletes are chosen for the “Body Issue” Cover, after multiple shoots and thousands of clicks.
“We have 10 possible covers,” said the Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman. “We’ll choose six covers, and we’ll be upset about all the ones that we don’t get to choose.”