8 Female Athletes on Feeling Comfortable in Your Own Skin in ESPN's Body Issue

8 Female Athletes on Feeling Comfortable in Your Own Skin in ESPN's Body Issue
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ESPN magazine's annual Body Issue hit newsstands Monday, showcasing some of the world's most celebrated athletes in all their chiseled, well-toned glory. Yet it's also become an opportunity to interrogate American standards of beauty, particularly when it comes to female athletes. 

For instance, this year's issue features Brittney Griner, the basketball phenom whose recent off-the-court drama has added another chapter to a career that's been marked by her repeated need to reassert that yes, she is a woman. There's also track and field athlete Amanda Bingson, who recalls being bullied by kids in school because of her size and then finally embracing it. 

Here's a glimpse into how these incredible athletes view their own bodies. 

1. Brittney Griner 

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2. Aly Raisman

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3. Natalie Coughlin


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4. Sadena Parks

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5. Amanda Bingson


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6. Leticia Bufoni

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7. Dallas Friday 

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8. Ali Krieger

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a senior staff writer at Mic. She was previously an editor at Colorlines.

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