On Wednesday, ESPN Magazine released the seventh edition of their body issue. From a far this seems like a shameless attempt to sell sex and recreate the success of the iconic annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.  The niche being athletes on the page instead of models. This however isn’t the whole story. The Body Issue focuses on empowering bodies that are built as part of a quest to achieve a goal, not for eye candy or to live up to any type of societal standards of beauty.

By championing all body types the Body Issue serves to empower a variety of shapes and attempts to include every body type and background. While the pages of the Swimsuit Issue can feel repetitive by featuring models with a familiar look in exotic locations, ESPN focuses on a larger landscape of the population. Inside the pages hopefully you will find something that makes you feel better about your own body image.  Regardless of its shape.

Below are a few of the images from the strong and beautiful women gracing the pages of this years edition.

April Ross - Beach Volleyball

Allysa Seely - Paratriathlete

Emma Coburn - Steeplechase

Christen Press - Soccer

Claressa Shields - Boxing

Elena Delle Donne - Basketball

Nzinga Prescod - Fencing

Courtney Conlogue - Surfing

Adeline Gray - Wrestling

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