(NPR) — ESPN The Magazine's final print edition includes athletes talking about body image, their struggles with it –– and showcasing that many body types are capable of athletic feats.
When ESPN The Magazine created its Body Issue, the staff set out to celebrate how varied athletes' bodies are. But before they could do that, they had to get a few big names to agree to be in it.
The annual edition is meant to celebrate athletes from across the sporting world and across gender in carefully composed nude photographs, from the super-famous to the less well-known.
Athletes including Serena Williams, Hope Solo, Prince Fielder, Gus Kenworthy, the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team, the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line and many other fan favorites have graced the multiple covers each issue features. Along with the images showcasing all different types of athleticism, the magazine has included interviews with athletes talking about body image, their struggles with it, and portraying that many body types are capable of athletic feats.