On Monday, ESPN announced the lineup of athletes who will participate in this year’s ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue – where athletes pose nude so that we may marvel at their bodies in a totally artistic and enlightened way.
And while it’s a tad disappointing that there won’t be a sequel to Prince Fielder’s amazing 2014 Body Issue shoot, ESPN has managed to put together an impressive roster of athletes from a wide array of professions.
Basketball will be represented by Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan and the WNBA’s Brittney Griner.
Bryce Harper will be baseball’s representative for the issue. He seemed very excited to expose himself in the name of baseball.
“I’ve always wanted to do the Body Issue,” Harper said. “I want to put baseball out there.”
As for football, Colts offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort and Todd Herremans will display their bodies for ESPN. Odell Beckham Jr. will also participate in the Body Issue.
The other athletes who will bare it all for sports art include soccer stars Ali Krieger and Jermaine Jones, gymnast Aly Reisman, swimmer Natalie Coughlin, hockey player Tyler Seguin, tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka, wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, archer Khatuna Lorig, golfer Sadena Parks, volleyball player Gabby Reece, surfer Laird Hamilton, field-hockey player Paige Selenski, hammer-thrower Amanda Bingson and heptathlete Chantae McMillan.
The Body Issue will be available online on July 6th and in print on July 10th.
If you want to spoil what the shoot may look like, ESPN has also released a teaser for the issue which you can watch below.