Have you seen the covers of ESPN’s Body Issue? If not, then brace yourself for body positivity and nudity all in the name of sports.
For the 2015 Body Issue, ESPN selected six athletes to grace the cover. One of the covers feature USA Track & Field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson.
After reading snippets of her ESPN interview, I was immediately inspired. The 25 year old American record holder is 5’5” and weighs 210 pounds, and she loves every inch of her body.
I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body. And I think it’s because I moved from Las Vegas to Texas. In Vegas, I was bombarded with all of these “double zeros” and Abercrombie models, these little people coming in for shows. I never wanted to be a part of that, ever. And when I moved to Texas, everyone here is just so open about their bodies. I see these big girls in these tiny little bathing suits and I’m looking at them like, “Man, these girls are so confident!” Now I just think, “I’m just going to throw far because I’m confident with myself and I don’t have to worry about what I look like anymore.”
Other cover models include Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, Olympic athlete Chantae McMillan and twelve-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin.
Head over to ESPN to read: Amanda Bingson: ‘Athletes come in all shapes and sizes’