Bodies Are Beautiful, Y’all

Every year, I look forward to the ESPN Body Issue. I wish I could say it was for the awesome profiles, and the cool stories, but I’m not going to lie; it’s because of pictures like this:

tyson chandler

Tyson Chandler, I am in totally into your long arms and your booty. #NoShame

I make no secret of my love of the tall skinny guys, and Tyson Chandler is right up there in my Top 5 Hottest Basketball players. 2012 was a good year for the ESPN Body Issue!

This year, the Body Issue did not disappoint. While there were a ton of awesome pictures and covers, three images really stood out to me.

Amanda Bingson

Amanda Bingson, throwing a hammer like an an American record holder does.

brittany griner

Brittney Griner who is the coolest and most badass player in the WNBA.

aly raisman

Aly Raisman, the captain of the gold-medal winning 2012 Olympic gymnast team.

You could not find three more different women. They are in different sports, they have extremely different bodies, they are different ages, but they do have one thing in common; they are AMAZING. These women are not only incredibly dedicated and skilled, but they are each stunning and their bodies are works of art.

It is a beautiful thing to see a publication celebrate bodies, not because they fit some sort of unattainable aesthetic standard, but instead because of the amazing things they can accomplish. These women have trained and honed their bodies to perform amazing feats of skill and strength. They are gorgeous and capable and a sight to behold.

Thank you ESPN. Thank you for showing that a body doesn’t have to look a certain way to be beautiful. That true beauty is about so much more than a measurement of a waist or a number on a scale. The measure of Amanda, Brittney, and Aly’s beauty is in their grace, their skills, and their magnificent bodies that are marvels of strength.

If there is anything I took from this issue, it’s this; the best way to celebrate beauty is to celebrate its diversity. The things that make us different are the things that should be celebrated. Each and every one of us has something completely special and unique, and that is what makes us who we are. And that is not shameful or wrong; it’s beautiful. Let’s find those things in ourselves and in others and celebrate them together. Bodies are beautiful, y’all!