By now, some of you sports fans have probably seen the covers for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue (NSFW). But have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes? Or what runs through the minds of these athletes when they're posing in the buff for all the world to see? Lets just say there's a lot planning and mental preparation involved. Obviously, there's quite a bit of nudity involved so scroll at your own discretion: Carmelita Jeter
Jeter said at first her parents were nervous about the shoot but were okay with it when they learned more about the issue, but she wasn't all that nervous because she's very comfortable with her body. She also wondered what it would be like if all the athletes raced around naked, and concluded the stands would be filled with men at the women's races.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was really excited for his ESPN shoot. A known party boy, he got comfortable being naked with the photographers right away by dancing and laughing. But he knows his teammates are going to make fun of him and post pictures all over the locker room.
Maurice Jones-Drew says his kids always barge in on him when he's in the bathroom, so he's used to no privacy. He took in all sorts of posing tips from the experts, and got to pose in a blue powder that splashed up when he threw the ball. He said it's a good thing it was blue (UCLA colors) and not red (USC colors). He knows his teammates are going to make fun of him for the shoot, but he just thinks they are jealous they're not in it.
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey said she was a little worried and told the people she didn't want to be surprised to see her naked she was posing. She admits she had a lot of body image issues when she was a kid and it took her a lot of time to get over that. Rousey said she tried to get in great shape for the shoot, "I don't want to look like I was sitting on the couch eating Ben & Jerry's playing Donkey Kong." Which is what she said she did for a while after her last fight. She felt it was cool to see what she looked like in the photos since she's never had anyone take naked pictures of her before.
US Women's soccer team member Abby Wambach was a little worried about how many people would be seeing her naked at the shoot. But she got pretty comfortable right away and treated it like a locker room. Wambach also was excited to represent powerful, strong athletes in her photos. She wanted to look good but she wasn't just there to show off her body, and just wanted to show people that every body, no matter the shape or size is beautiful.