Every year ESPN the Magazine tiptoes the line between art and smut by releasing the Body Issue —an issue featuring plenty of nude athletes that draws, in my opinion, undeserved criticism. While uptight parents nationwide cringe, I applaud the Worldwide Leader for its artful depictions of the human body. The line between pornography and art is undeniably thin, and finding a tasteful way to portray naked human beings is no easy task not using a cell phone helps. But I think the mag succeeds in presenting the beautiful aesthetics of an athlete's body without crossing into Playboy territory. And while ESPN and these athletes will be heavily criticized by the PC police, I see nothing wrong with celebrating the healthiness and beauty of an athlete's body. Solo put it better than I ever could in her interview with ESPN during the shoot: "If a sex symbol is now a top female athlete, I think that's pretty amazing, and it shows how far our country has come, from the stick-thin models, from what you see in most magazines," Solo said. I couldn't agree more with Solo.
ESPN Body Issue 2019: Photos of Athletes Baring It All
Sometimes, we need a little reminder that athletes -- like other humans -- come in all shapes and sizes. ESPN's annual Body Issue , which includes profiles of professional athletes discussing their sports and their bodies, shows just that. Bingson has a positive relationship to her body, but that doesn't mean she's never faced hardship.
The first issue debuted on October 19, The edition included the regular sports coverage. In the bodies section athletes were featured on and off the field. Even a picture during a knee surgery was included.
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. Athletes from all over the globe represent a variety of different sports on their covers, and we've never seen such toned butts. Read on to see all the incredible athletes and hear their stories from the feature, and prepare to be inspired. View On One Page. Photo 0 of