–Issue Features Six Covers: Amanda Bingson, Bryce Harper, Chantae McMillan, Kevin Love, Natalie Coughlin, Odell Beckham, Jr.–
Bryce Harper‘s on-field body of work this season includes a .346 batting average and 25 home runs.
The star Washington Nationals outfielder’s off-field body of work includes a wish fulfilled: Harper is one of 24 athletes in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, online today and newsstands Friday.
“You’re growing up and you say: “I want to be on the front of a Wheaties box; I want to be on the front of a Topps card; I want to be on the Body Issue,” says Harper.
He is joined by NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeAndre Jordan of the Dallas Mavericks, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., two-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer champion Ali Krieger, Olympians Aly Raisman and Natalie Coughlin, and newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, currently in pursuit of his third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete,” said Krieger, whose team just yesterday defeated Japan 5-2 in the Women’s World Cup Final. “Being naked is just another aspect of that.”
This is the seventh annual edition of the Body Issue. It will include photos, personal interviews and videos of the athletes, including NHL star Tyler Seguin and three members of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans and Jack Mewhort.
“I’ve always been a big kid,” said the 23-year-old Mewhort, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds. “That’s why when I got this call I was like ‘they want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting Punk’d.”
Others in the issue include professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, golfer Sadena Parks, archer Khatuna Lorig, soccer player Jermaine Jones, U.S. Olympians Paige Selenski (field hockey), Amanda Bingson (hammer) and Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), along with the husband-wife team of surfer Laird Hamilton and former beach volleyball player Gabby Reece.
“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman said. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”
“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”
About The Body Issue
ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue set out seven years ago with one mission: to celebrate and explore the athletic form through powerful images and interviews. The cornerstone of each annual issue is The Bodies We Want photo portfolio, which features roughly 20 of the world’s most elite athletes posing (tastefully) nude. In years past, The Mag has featured sports icons from Venus Williams to Michael Phelps, Marshawn Lynch, and Colin Kaepernick to Amy Purdy, Candace Parker, Blake Griffin, Prince Fielder, Hope Solo, Kerri Walsh Jennings (who posed 8 months pregnant!), Apolo Anton Ohno and 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player. ESPN The Magazine has a circulation of 14 million readers, with 2.1 million subscribers. But the Body Issue reaches far beyond just sports fans.
- Amanda Bingson photographed by Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine
- Bryce Harper photographed by Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine
- Chantae McMillan photographed by Carlos Serrao for ESPN The Magazine
- Kevin Love photographed by Richard Phibbs for ESPN The Magazine
- Natalie Coughlin photographed by Williams + Hirakawa for ESPN The Magazine
- Odell Beckham Jr. photographed by Carlos Serrao for ESPN The Magazine
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