The Body Issue

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The Body Issue
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Best-selling of six alternative covers of ESPN The Magazine's original Body Issue in 2009 featuring Serena Williams
First issueOctober 19, 2009
CountryUnited States
WebsiteESPN The Magazine

The Body Issue is an edition of ESPN The Magazine that features dozens of athletes in nude and semi-nude photographs, which is intended to rival the annual Swimsuit Issue from Sports Illustrated. The first issue debuted on October 19, 2009.[1] The issue was a response to the decline in advertising spending resulting from the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and late-2000s recession that saw a 24 percent decline in ad revenues for the first six months of 2009 compared to the same six-month period in 2008.[2]

The 2009 edition had six alternative covers featuring Serena Williams (tennis), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Adrian Peterson (NFL), Dwight Howard (NBA), Gina Carano (mixed martial arts) and Sarah Reinertsen (triathlons).[3] The Serena Williams edition sold the most copies.[4] The 2009 issue was a financial success, achieving double the normal edition sales, greater sales than any bi-weekly issue in over two years and 35 percent more ad sales than comparable issues, which led to plans for extended marketing of the 2010 edition.[4]

The edition included the regular sports coverage. In the bodies section athletes were featured on and off the field. Even a picture during a knee surgery was included. The "Bodies We Want" section was a feature of the best bodies in the world of sports all posed nude but with strategic coverage of private parts.[5] Another section showed the damage done to the human body in athletics such as Laird Hamilton's cracked heel and Torry Holt's crooked middle finger.[2] One action photo captured six members of Major League Soccer's D.C. United simulating a free kick defensive wall while covering their genitalia.[6]


Some of the 2009 covers were revealed on shows such Monday Night Football and Good Morning America. The 2009 edition included the following:[5]


The 2010 edition included the following:


The 2011 edition included the following:


The 2012 issue featured the following athletes:[9]


The 2013 issue featured the following athletes:


The 2014 issue featured the following athletes [1]:


The 2015 issue featured the following athletes [2]:


Source: [10]





Baseball: Trevor Bauer


  1. ^ Thomson, Katherine (2009-10-06). "ESPN's 'Body Issue' Of Naked Athletes (PHOTOS): Serena Williams, Dwight Howard, Adrian Peterson, More Pose Nude (PICTURES)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  2. ^ a b Clifford, Stephanie (2009-10-12). "Special Issues a Bright Spot for Magazines". The New York Times. p. B1. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  3. ^ La Monica, Mark (2009-10-09). "ESPN 'The Body Issue' magazine covers". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  4. ^ a b Rovell, Darren (2009-11-30). "ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue: A Financial Success". CNBC. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  5. ^ a b McCarthy, Michael (2009-09-30). "First look: In ESPN's magazine, showing skin is no issue". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Dan (2009-10-08). "United's Nude Awakening". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  7. ^ Matz, Eddie. "No shirts, no shorts ... lots of service!". ESPN. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Galleries / The Body Issue / October 17, 2011 Hope Solo". ESPN the Magazine. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  9. ^ "ESPN The Magazine Body Issue – ESPN". Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  10. ^ Chiari, Mike (June 21, 2016). "ESPN Body Issue 2016: Release Date and List of Athletes Revealed". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman among 23 athletes featured in Body Issue". ESPN. June 25, 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

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