Jul 4, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) reacts during her match against Sabine Lisicki (GER) on day 10 of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Agnieszka Radwanska Responds to Nudity Criticism


Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska found herself the target of criticism these past couple of weeks for agreeing to appear naked in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue.” The outrage went so far as to lead to her being dropped from a Catholic youth group. Radwanska decided to defend herself and her decision to display her own body in a Facebook post Friday.

(Via USA Today: For the Win):

For those that are not familiar with the magazine, ESPN The Body Issue is a celebration of the beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world. It includes both men and women of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Other athletes photographed include San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings – during and after her pregnancy. My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past.

The pictures are certainly not meant to cause offense and to brand them as immoral clearly does not take into account the context of the magazine. Moreover, they do not contain any explicit imagery whatsoever. I train extremely hard to keep my body in shape and that’s what the article and the magazine is all about. If you read the interview, it only discusses my job as an athlete and what I have to do physically to be able to participate at the highest level of sport.

It has been suggested by some members of the press (among others) that I was paid for the photo shoot. This is absolutely not the case. Neither I nor any of the other athletes were paid. I agreed to participate to help encourage young people, and especially girls, to exercise, stay in shape and be healthy.

Damn straight.

[Source: USA Today: For the Win]

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