ESPN have once again rounded up the world’s best athletes to bare all and strut their stuff in front of the camera, with the Body Issue returning for its ninth edition. Hitting stands this week, 23 inspirational superstars from around and the world and a range of different disciplines are featured in the 2017 issue, including Caroline Wozniacki, Isiah Thomas, Michelle Waterson, Ezekiel Elliot and more.
The theme for the issue is ‘Every Body Has a Story,’ which sees each athlete embrace their bodies and discuss their success in sports thus far. “I’m not trying to knock any shorties, but I think being tall is such a blessing. I’m very thankful for what my legs can do because I can jump super high. I don’t know my exact vertical, but I can dunk. When you embrace your height, it’s even more beautiful than just being tall,” WNBA player Nneka Ogwumike says.
You can preview some of the 23 individuals profiled below: