Richard Sherman, Michael Sam, Jamie Anderson Celebrate ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’
Many of them having posed nude for the special issue, the athletes were more covered up when they celebrated the launch at a sports-star-filled party on July 15.
Sports stars look as good dressed as they do naked!
Some of the biggest names in the sports world recently stripped off for the sixth annual ESPN The Magazine The Body Issue, but they were all dressed to the nines for the launch party at Lure nightclub in Hollywood on Tuesday.
Dressed in a white suit and looking like a true Hollywood star was Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. The Super Bowl champ told The Hollywood Reporter this week that if a movie is ever made of his life, he wants Denzel Washington to play the starring role, "because he’s the best."
Also in attendance was Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, who will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award at Wednesday’s ESPYs, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, U.S. soccer team World Cup heroes Kyle Beckerman and Omar Gonzalez, and Olympian Lolo Jones.
Looking like the quintessential snow bunny, Olympic gold medal-winning slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson bared all in the magazine and told THR before the party that she had never posed nude before.
"That was a first for me!" says Anderson, 23, who was one of the stars of the Sochi Winter Games. "I was definitely a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect but it was a great experience — just letting go of the judgment and loving yourself and being who you are, being happy with how you look and embracing it.
"It wasn’t embarrassing at all," she added. Having the body of an athlete helps if you are going to take your clothes off for thousands of readers, and although Anderson is confident and comfortable in her own skin, "it is definitely different when you are on a set and people are taking photos," she says, "but the way they did it was really tasteful and fun. It was amazing to embrace the body in all shapes and sizes."
Joining Anderson in the most anticipated issue of the year are 22 athletes, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, swimmer Michael Phelps, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, and Paralympian and Dancing With the Stars competitor Amy Purdy.
The ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue is on newsstands now, and viewers will see many of the A-list sports stars in their red carpet attire when the 2014 ESPYs air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Wednesday.