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Abby Wambach for the ESPN Body Issue.

I love these photos. I love these photos because it’s the first time I can think of when I haven’t had to see a female athlete be overly sexualized and objectified. She’s naked, yes that’s the point of the issue (and the men are just as nude), but she's powerful. She’s athletic and strong in both of these photos.

They just make me happy, okay?

“Every day is a challenge,” she adds. “Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport – the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.” - Ali Krieger

http://www.people.com/article/espn-body-issue-brittney-griner-ali-krieger-naked-photos

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USA women’s hockey player, 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.

Thanks for hearing me out.

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Kerry Washington destroyed our obsession with “post-baby bodies” in just 15 words 

Kerry Washington is a new mom. But that doesn’t mean she’s planning on getting back to her “pre-baby body” anytime soon. In Shape’s September issue, the Scandal actress said she isn’t here for people who encourage new mothers to immediately bounce back. She recalled an eye-opening conversation with her manager that we all should be having.