The matter of athletes posing nude has always been a polarizing subject. Some are of the opinion that this only serves to sexualize them thus taking away from their talents and achievements in their respective sports. However, some believe that this is a way to empower others to be comfortable in their own skin and let go of their insecurities by appreciating themselves as they are. The fact is, some people will always be for it and others against it. Regardless of people's opinions, there has been an increasing number of athletes who are willing to pose nude.
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It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part. The photography on Khatuna was my favorite, visually…. Makes clear that even healthy people have different physiques, which helps deflate a lot of the body image BS out there. THIS is beauty. The sheer amount of full body conditioning is inspiring.
Sex helps sell sports. But when the topic of sex leaves the world of racy beer commercials and sideline cheerleaders, to touch the lives of individual women pursuing their sporting dreams, things get a little more personal and the debate gets a good deal more fierce. Enter the Canadian women's rugby team, one of the world's very best. Shortly after the introduction of Rugby Sevens to the summer Olympics was announced, beginning with the games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Canada's women's team decided to pose for an annual calendar to help raise funds and promote awareness of their cause. The website the team has organized to help market the calendar describes the photos as "tastefully nude. That the Canadians have a legitimate shot at winning an Olympic medal in is not in dispute. The team won every major international tournament on offer in and repeated as champions of the prestigious Amsterdam Sevens tournament in Still, some have raised questions about the appropriateness of the calendar and the message it sends regarding elite female athletes and the lengths they must go to, in order to raise money and publicity. Roos' group has raised millions to help finance athletes.
Five stars of Team GB's women's rugby team have posed naked in celebration of the bodies that help them achieve their goals. In Women's Health 's September issue , the five Olympians talk openly about their relationships with their bodies, and how their body shapes enable them to play rugby. Five of Team GB's rugby sevens athletes talked frankly about their relationships with their bodies. It was my brother who pointed out that my build was the very thing that would help me achieve my dreams of playing pro rugby for England," full back Danielle Waterman second on the right told Women's Health. My body is how it is — 5 foot, 8 inches and powerful. Centre Amy Wilson-Hardy second on left said she always does her hair and make-up before a game because looking feminine helps her feel confident. I train to win, but a lean and defined body in the mirror is a bonus," Wilson-Hardy.