NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Professional wrestler Charlotte Flair attends the 2018 NBCUniversal Upfront presentation at Rockefeller Center on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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