Katarina Witt, one of the greatest Olympic figure skaters, was the first female athlete to pose naked for Playboy. The December issue featuring her nude photographs was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. Some do it for the money and fame, some do it for a good cause, while other athletes do it because they are simply proud of showing their perfectly sculpted bodies. Whether posing nude is damaging or not for female athletes, is still a hot debate. Charlene Weaving states? By the way, did you know that ancient Olympians competed nude?
Athletes who have graced the pages of Playboy
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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.
10. Amy Acuff
Athletes who have graced the pages of Playboy. Inside, she takes off her clothes in eight pictures. There's a lot more to see of the swimmer in the July issue of Playboy, where Beard is on the cover billed as "the world's sexiest athlete nude. Gabrielle Reece, January Gabrielle Reece watches from the poolside as her husband Laird Hamilton surfs the waves.
While the sporting world is typically dominated by male athletes, there have been many female athletes throughout history that have proved that playing sports does not mean that you have to be manly, or that the sporting industry stops female athletes from acknowledging their feminine side outside of their profession. Over the years, Playboy has made it easy for female athletes to show off their less aggressive side, by taking women from around the globe from their sports and given them a laid-back, fun and sexy shoot to embrace the wondrous image that is the female body. Female athletes have become endless stories of unique role models and fascinating obsessions, all of which are mainly based around their diversity; how they can be tough, strong and athletic, yet sustain a soft, feminine and beautiful side to them. Whether it has been for publicity, woman empowerment or athletic inspirations, here are the top 15 female athletes that have posed for Playboy. The issue included a twelve page spread of many female athletes, whilst Acuff was honored on the occasion to grace the cover.