Gina Carano, Sarah Reinertsen and Serena Williams Cover ESPN'S Body Issue
Posted on October 6, 2010Tennis star Serena Williams and American mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano are two more of six expected covers from ESPN the Magazine's upcoming Body Issue. Sarah Reinertsen, the first female amputee to complete in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, is also featured on one of the covers. The magazine covers from ESPN are likely to be controversial as they show athletes either partially dressed or strategically positioned photographs of athletes without their clothes on. ESPN appers to be trying to compete with Sport's Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. In addition to the covers, ESPN features some of the athletes in a section called "Bodies We Want."
USA Today has published a list of the athletes expected to appear in the special issue. Some of the other athletes include Lolo Jones, James Blake, Laird Hamilton, Alexis Solis, Manny Pacquiao, Carl Edwards, Claire Bevilacqua and Christina Kim. USA Today says there will 30 athletes in the revealing photographs.
Update: It appears the special issue was a hit for ESPN the Magazine. The New York Times reports that the October 2009 issue was the biggest issue ever for the magazine in terms of revenue. CNBC reports that Selena's cover was the bestselling cover of the six released. Since it was a big success it seems likely ESPN the Magazine will continue the athlete cover issues. More famous athletes are no doubt going to be contacted to see if they will post for an upcoming issue.