United States WWE superstar and former women's champion and actress Ronda Rousey posed nude and covered in just body paint for Swimsuit Illustrated magazine. American alpine skiist Lindsey Vonn appeared in nothing but body paint for Sports Illustrated magazine. Radwanska was excluded from a Catholic movement in Poland following her dare bare act. Hope Solo, the controversial American soccer player, also posed in the nude for a sports magazine. German figure skater and world champion Katarina Witt bared it all for Playboy in The issue was a sold out one.
About The Gallery
It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part. The photography on Khatuna was my favorite, visually…. Makes clear that even healthy people have different physiques, which helps deflate a lot of the body image BS out there. THIS is beauty. The sheer amount of full body conditioning is inspiring.
Boxers, ballerinas, and basketball players are all among the 18 incredibly fit participants that agreed to take off their clothes for a good cause. Photographer and former biathlete Dominika Cuda was the one who came up with the idea for the project that took one year to complete. Unlike most calendars, includes more than just 12 pictures. Instead of just giving each athlete a separate month, the author of the idea created a page personal sport planner that will allow the person to track their training progress, sleeping patterns and nutritional plans all whilst admiring the beautifully captured bodies.
The matter of athletes posing nude has always been a polarizing subject. Some are of the opinion that this only serves to sexualize them thus taking away from their talents and achievements in their respective sports. However, some believe that this is a way to empower others to be comfortable in their own skin and let go of their insecurities by appreciating themselves as they are. The fact is, some people will always be for it and others against it. Regardless of people's opinions, there has been an increasing number of athletes who are willing to pose nude. The increase can be attributed to the numerous lucrative endorsements and modelling jobs that come about as a result of doing such shoots. Some athletes have in fact built successful modelling careers for themselves while still pursuing their profession and even after retirement. However, some athletes tend to be recognized more for their photo spreads and less for their talent thus no longer getting respect when it comes to their profession. Female athletes get more offers to pose nude and even more backlash when they accept compared to their male counterparts.