ESPN releases final print edition of its Body Issue – but some aren't sad to see it go: 'It burns my eyes'

Kerry Justich
The Eagles Offensive Line poses for ESPN's final Body Issue. (Photo: Andrew Hetherington for ESPN)
The Eagles Offensive Line poses for ESPN's final Body Issue. (Photo: Andrew Hetherington for ESPN)

ESPN released its 2019 Body Issue on Wednesday and announced that it will be the publication’s final print magazine. But despite the incredible photos, featuring gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, NBA player Chris Paul and the Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Line, people don’t seem so sad about seeing the magazine go.

After 11 years of celebrating all kinds of athletic physiques, the annual issue certainly has some fans who have been inspired by its content. Still, plenty of people seem to have had an adverse response to the images.

While many of those reactions simply express confusion over the target audience for the publication, some people have gone so far as to say that showing off the figures of various athletes is uninspiring and may even promote body image issues.

However, those in favor of ESPN’s well-known issue are continuing to celebrate the inclusivity of the publication during its last launch — especially with the inclusion of Paralympian Scout Bassett and 61-year-old former basketball player Nancy Lieberman.

Still, the fan favorite addition seems to be Super Bowl LII Champions, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

The photos of the five men have been deemed body positive by fans scrolling through the photos. While gymnast Ohashi, who had a viral perfect-10 floor routine in January, opened up on her Instagram about how posing for the revealing photos made her “proud of her body and all its imperfections.”

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