Every year for the past decade, ESPN The Magazine has published their “Body Issue” featuring athletes in nude and semi-nude photographs. It’s ESPN’s counter-programming to Sports Illustrated’s famous “Swimsuit Issue”, with their alternative offering a greater variety of human forms - in size and shape, and with an emphasis on how those bodies are applied to an athletic endeavor.
The 2018 edition is the first to feature a pro wrestler/sports entertainer. WWE’s Charlotte Flair bares almost all for a photo spread that features both one of her father’s signature robes and her own signature moonsault.
The print edition won’t hit until later this week (Fri., June 29), but the online version was posted this morning on ESPN’s website. You can check that out here. It’s impressive stuff, and something Flair and WWE are quite proud of, as you can see from their social media posts which also feature a few pics from Charlotte’s shoot:
.@MsCharlotteWWE is in ESPN the Magazine's BODY10 Issue, and she knows what it's like to strike a balance between old and new. https://t.co/tWWkGfrw72 pic.twitter.com/fmzdq7ycQM— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2018
#Body10 will hit newsstands June 29th // If you would’ve asked me almost six years ago that I would be wearing a robe and one of the athletes in the @espn #Body10 #BodyIssue I would have said no way! I’ve always enjoyed this issue the most because I admired and looked up to the athletes who were sending the message “strong is sexy.” The women in the @WWE have fought tirelessly for years now to be considered more than just “eye candy,” more than just an “attraction,” but for opportunities to show the world we are athletes and show stealers just like the men anywhere. I’m on a mission and one of my bucket list goals was to have the opportunity to be in this issue so it’s one part pinch me moment and second part another reason why the women’s evolution is continuing to make an impact on all fronts around the world. Being able to feel strong, sexy and comfortable in my own skin is empowering and I hope this helps others to feel the same Photo credit: @nicklaham @espnw
Congratulations @MsCharlotteWWE for becoming the first-ever @WWE Superstar featured in @ESPN Magazine’s Body issue. Charlotte exemplifies beauty and strength, both inside and out, and I couldn’t be more proud. #Body10 #WomensEvolution— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) June 25, 2018
The Queen is out here doing moonsaults in her birthday suit.
If that’s not worth a “WOO”, I don’t know what is.