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Photos: U.S. Olympics Star Jessie Diggins Poses Nude For ESPN's "Body Issue"

jessie diggins poses for espn's body issue

ESPN's "Body Issue" came out today. The issue, which features several prominent athletes posing nude, is always a big hit on social media.

This year's edition features athletes like Karl-Anthony Towns, Sue Bird, Saquon Barkley and others.

U.S. Winter Olympics star Jessie Diggins is a part of this year's magazine. She took to Instagram to discuss the opportunity and why she did it.

"I never thought I’d do the ESPN Body Issue..but that’s also because at one point in my life, I never thought I’d have the self-confidence to love myself and truly believe that who I am is good enough. I am perfectly imperfect, and beautifully flawed. And before you judge, there’s a blog post about my journey to positive body image that you really should read (link in bio). Love your body for the kick-ass things it can do, not for what it looks like," she wrote.

Diggins had previously said that this was not a "spur of the moment" decision and that it was something she really thought about. "This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision for me. I second guessed myself and debated whether or not I wanted to be in it for a while, worried about what people might say (that I did it for the money? You don’t get paid to do the magazine) and if it would make me less of a role model when I, too, could be proud to show off the muscles I worked so hard for. Then I realized something…if only my 19 year old self could have had this healthy and positive body image, I wouldn’t have had such a long journey towards feeling proud of my body! Being an athlete with a strong body and muscles, and being psyched about the things my body can DO, instead of worried about what it feels like, is the most empowering feeling in the world. And I’m happy to share that. Let’s be less judgmental of one another, yes? Here’s to celebrating the human body and the amazing things it can do!" she wrote.

You can see full photos from this year's edition here.