ESPN The Magazine 2014 Body Issue: Venus Williams


Hilary Knight for ESPN Magazine’s 2014 Body Issue.

Having seen these photos, I must say something. It’ll only take a minute or two, I promise.

Yes, Hilary Knight is generally regarded as hot, attractive, all of the above. And I agree with those who think that. These images are INCREDIBLE, but please remember that the purpose of the Body Issue is to focus on and celebrate the beauty and different forms of athletes’ bodies, not exclusively to fantasize about their naked and exposed bodies. I’m not at all trying to tell you what and what not to do, but I am asking you to be respectful about these images. I’d really appreciate it.

By doing so, you are also respecting the tremendous amount of effort and dedication Hilary Knight has put into sculpting the body she has without characterizing the process and/or result in an inconsiderate manner, as well as the fact that STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL.

Male or female, a mindset and body such as Hilary Knight’s should be appreciated and praised for THE RIGHT REASONS.

Thank you- that is all.


"The girls call me Gumby because I’m gangly. I’m not super muscular or super fast or super strong. And that’s definitely for a reason. In soccer you don’t have to be the biggest, strongest or the fastest — it’s a lot about how you understand the game and how your brain works with your body.

I think it’s kind of awkward when everyone knows you’re gay but you don’t say it. I had been thinking about coming out for almost a year before I did. I thought about it seriously on the plane ride home from the World Cup, while I was casually talking to my friendLori Lindsey. She said, “Dude, you should just come out.” She was right. Everyone in my life already knew. If you want to stand up and fight for equal rights but then won’t even stand up for yourself and say “I’m gay” — that just started to feel weird.

I felt more like a tomboy growing up, and then I got some boobs. And those didn’t feel right on my body. They were kind of big, and I was like, “I don’t know about this. This is weird.” I think that’s one of the areas where even now if I don’t train a lot I’ll get a little bigger, and that’s something that I’m a little self-conscious of. Other than that I’ve always been pretty comfortable with my body.

It’s all just society-driven. Especially for a woman. It’s like you have to have a certain kind of body, or you need these kinds of hips, and that’s annoying.”

- Megan Rapinoe bares all in the “ESPN” Body Issue

Megan Rapinoe bares all in the “ESPN” Body IssueBody Issue



(NSFW) Black Athletes in the ESPN’s 2014 Body Issue.

  • Serge Ibaka (Basketball)
  • Venus Williams (Tennis)
  • Aja Evans (Bobsleigh)
  • Nigel Sylvester (BMX)
  • Marshawn Lynch (American Football)
  • Prince Fielder (Baseball)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (American Football)
  • Bernard Hopkins (Boxing)

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7/8/14 - Nina Dobrev at the Chanel Haute Couture F/W 2014/2015 in Paris.

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