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ESPN the Magazine’s BODY issue was born in October of 2009 with a singular mission: to celebrate the incredible power of the athletic form.
With the help of 20 brave athletes, including Serena Williams, Adrian Peterson, Dwight Howard and an equally elite group of photographers, the issue immediately established itself as a cultural force.
Since then, BODY has evolved into more than a stunning annual portfolio of images. It’s become a powerful storytelling platform, a trusted forum for athletes to share not only their strengths, but also their vulnerabilities.
There have been many milestones along the way: Olympic volleyball icon Kerri Walsh-Jennings posing for the issue while eight months pregnant. Transgender dual athlete Chris Mosier sharing his powerful transitioning story with the world. Paralympic rower Oksana Masters daring to pose without her prosthetic legs. Golf legend Gary Player proving you can still have ripped abs at age 77.
Over the past 10 years, through thousands of photographs of more than 200 athletes, ESPN’s BODY franchise has helped change the way people think about the athletic form. It’s driven and shaped the conversation around what athletes look like and what it means to have a body that is perfect for your sport.
The motto of ESPN is to serve sports fans anytime, everywhere. Since the sports network was first created in 1979, ESPN has grown into a global multimedia company that reaches fans in all corners of the world, on any device. ESPN’s Photo Department has taken this mission and dived into the lives of athletes willing to open their doors and have their stories told.