Nunes Bares All for ESPN Body Magazine
Recently, ESPN revealed the roster for the 2019 edition of their body magazine. The magazine highlights nude and semi-nude photos of the worlds most popular athletes. It was created to rival Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit magazine. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will be one of the athletes featured in the magazine.
Previously, the magazine featured former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.
Sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out the roster of the 2019 edition magazine.
Released: Athletes in ESPN The Magazine’s 2019 Body Issue pic.twitter.com/D00EzRnWbP
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 26, 2019
The star-studded list includes highly successful athletes such as point guard Chris Paul, and the entire Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. Athletes featured go behind the scenes and reveal their story in addition to their body.
Behind the Scenes with Amanda Nunes
Nunes did a short interview with ESPN as she prepared for her photoshoot.
When Nunes was 18 years old she used to live in the gym that she trained in. She would have to clean it as well.
“When you have a dream, you have to follow (it).”, said Nunes. “Train hard, suffer a little bit and everything will be fine in the end.”
Nunes then spoke about all the barriers she has broken in the sport as we know it today.
“I was the first (female) Brazillian signed to the UFC. (And) I was the first openly gay champion and I was the first ‘champ champ’. Now I can look in the mirror and say I did it.”, concluded Nunes.
In conclusion, Nunes spoke about why she wanted to be apart of the body edition magazine.
Nunes said, “My dreams have come true and good things have happened in my life, why not do something different? Be naked, take a picture, do something different. With the picture(s) the fans can see the technique altogether. How the body look(s) like out of the fighters clothing. I think this is a good thing to see.”
Revealing the Body Isn’t New to Nunes
Amanda has taken to Instagram before plenty of times to reveal her body in her own way.
Most of the time, the photos involve displaying her championship belts in an artistic way.
It seems like the ESPN body issue would be the perfect outlet for Nunes to express her love for MMA alongside her interests in seeing the body as art.
The Body Issued Date
Scheduled to release on September 4th, the Body Issue will also be the last printed issue of the publication. Going forward, ESPN will incorporate the Body edition on digital platforms. With no cover athlete listed yet, the reveal should come as a surprise to its roster members.
— Red Diamond 🇵🇷 🐯👹👑 (@mariesntg17) September 4, 2019
Nonetheless, make sure to view the magazine on September 4th in support of MMA and Amanda Nunes.
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