The 10th-anniversary edition of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue dropped this week, and Charlotte Flair made history (again) by becoming the first pro wrestler to be featured in the series.
— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2018
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If you would’ve asked me almost six years ago that I would be wearing a robe and one of the athletes in the @espn #Body10 #BodyIssue I would have said no way! I’ve always enjoyed this issue the most because I admired and looked up to the athletes who were sending the message “strong is sexy.” The women in the @WWE have fought tirelessly for years now to be considered more than just “eye candy,” more than just an “attraction,” but for opportunities to show the world we are athletes and show stealers just like the men anywhere. I’m on a mission and one of my bucket list goals was to have the opportunity to be in this issue so it’s one part pinch me moment and second part another reason why the women’s evolution is continuing to make an impact on all fronts around the world. Being able to feel strong, sexy and comfortable in my own skin is empowering and I hope this helps others to feel the same 👊🏻 #espn #espnbodyissue #thebodyissue #espnw #sports Photo credit: @nicklaham @espnw Nutrition: @jasonphillips_in3 Trainer: @hardnockssouth
As Charlotte states in her interview with ESPN, she’s “all athlete.” Before joining WWE, she became a two-time NCHSAA 4 A-State champion in volleyball and worked as a certified personal trainer. In WWE, she’s a seven-time champion who’s main-evented pay-per-views and ended Asuka’s incredible undefeated streak.
In other words, she every bit deserves to be featured in the Body Issue – and everyone from her fellow wrestlers to Stephanie and Vince McMahon congratulated her on the achievement.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) June 27, 2018
Congratulations @MsCharlotteWWE for becoming the first-ever @WWE Superstar featured in @ESPN Magazine’s Body issue. Charlotte exemplifies beauty and strength, both inside and out, and I couldn’t be more proud. #Body10 #WomensEvolution
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) June 25, 2018
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) June 25, 2018
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) June 26, 2018
This is amazing!!! 🙌🏽🔥🔥
But let’s not forget I still beat you twice. ✌🏽 https://t.co/Q3ukQXUX8E
— Smackdown Womens Champion (@CarmellaWWE) June 26, 2018
— Lina Fanene (@NiaJaxWWE) June 25, 2018
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) June 25, 2018
Unreal 👏🏼🤯 https://t.co/jEB0r6MrP3
— LIV Morgan 👅 (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) June 25, 2018
💜🙌🏻 true beauty https://t.co/YrIf7sAv6H
— Sonya Deville (@SonyaDevilleWWE) June 25, 2018
Indeed, the human body is a fantastic thing: it allows us to accomplish incredible feats and, for top-tier athletes like Charlotte, it’s their livelihood. I’m shocked that ESPN managed to go ten years without featuring a pro wrestler. But, given all the other barriers she’s broken, it only fits that Charlotte is the first.