But for ESPN's 9th annual Body Issue , photographers brought an uncommon softness to their approach, shooting these top-performers well-oiled machines in a way that's delicate, artful, and indeed, beautiful. While some ESPN readers objected to the male nudity presented in these photos, others praised the magazine for its nuanced celebration of these hardworking bodies. Beyond the obvious muscle, each athlete has a level of agility that is showcased beautifully in these images — indeed, each portrait has an idyllic air to it, leaving the viewer marvelling at the hard work and dedication and many, many hours at the gym that went into each athlete's career. Click through to see for yourself. Our job is to take something that is ridiculously technical and difficult and make it look perfect and effortless and seamless. I have learned to be that way; I've learned to be strong.
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Begin Slideshow We all struggle to stay healthy and squeeze some exercise into our schedules, but when you've made it to the Olympics, it's safe to say you're doing something right. We've come to acknowledge that there's really no point in comparing our butts with Kerri Walsh 's. Still, it's always fun to dream, right? Sexy and powerful, we give major props to photographer Art Streiber for these beautiful images — and for not breaking down into tears of jealousy like we basically did.
An 'ESPN' Magazine Body Issue Timeline, Because It's Been A Memorable 6 Years Of Photos
Originally conceived as a way to perk up flagging print sales for the magazine in , the Body Issue has been a wild financial success and its multiple covers, thoughtful interviews about bodily acceptance, and pictures of athletes holding equipment over their junk have become an annual tradition. Throughout its six years on newsstands, the Body Issue has been a magnet for controversy, as well — fielding criticisms that the magazine's pictures undermine the achievements of athletes by shooting them in provocative and often inactive poses, and that the magazine's portraits don't depict the real diversity of athletic bodies out there. Though there's some truth to both criticisms especially in past years, when female athletes were mostly shown in passive poses , the Body Issue is still quite notable for its focus on athletes speaking candidly about their bodies — particularly female athletes who, through the six Body Issues, talk again and again about their struggles, and eventual successes, in loving their bodies. Though criticism's of the magazine's beauty standards are certainly valid, the broad shoulders and solid muscles on display in the Body Issue's female athletes are as gratifying to look at as they are rare to find on any newsstand. So, in honor of the release of the magazine's sixth issue this week, let's go back through the history of the Body Issue, to check in on its highlights, controversies, and best photos of someone clutching a basketball over their genitals.
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Your comments (7)
Faekasa 2 months ago
They really enjoy this. Gosh!!!
Kisho 2 months ago
Amazing hairy cunt
Nedal 3 months ago
Why am I such a fan of tittyfucking?
Mozuru 3 months ago
I just can't fully enjoy a video, no matter how hot the girl, if Mark W is in it. He's just so dorky. The fantasy for me is to put myself in the guy's place, and I just can't do that with him. Oh well, Jillian is gorgeous in this, as always. I went to the AVN expo earlier this year for the first time, and Jillian was the first girl I talked to. It being my first time at such an event, and then seeing her two feet from me, I'm afraid I made a fool of myself. She deserved much better.
Taulabar 3 months ago
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Tashakar 3 months ago
she was able to tame this dragon! hah ..
Malarg 2 months ago
Damn! This scene has it all. Best I've seen in awhile......