Sydney Leroux bares all in ESPN Body Issue

The Equalizer Staff July 9, 2013 8

ESPN The Magazine dropped its “Body Issue” on Wednesday — the company’s counter to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, essentially — and there was a familiar women’s soccer face in it and on one of the eight covers: Sydney Leroux.

Leroux bared all for ESPN’s annual clothes-free issue, which in previous years included U.S. teammates Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. Alex Morgan appeared in body paint in the 2012 SI Swimsuit Issue.

Why did Leroux do it? Leroux, in an interview with espnW, said she understands what it is like to be unhappy with your body, but now the 23-year-old appreciates who she is.

“I think a lot of females struggle with the way they look, and I wanted to show that everyone’s body is different. I think it’s a big deal to be an athlete and feel confident in your body and show it off. I’m not going to say I’ve never struggled with how I look, but I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m happy with who I am.”

Leroux currently leads the National Women’s Soccer League in goals with 10 for the Boston Breakers.

Photo courtesy ESPN.

  • Girl can get it. I like how proud she is of her scars. Definitely positive body image. 😀

  • heremerawr

    Not a fan of female athletes posing nude for magazines, but I like and respect Syd’s healthy outlook concerning her body image.

  • AshleyZ

    I think it’s awesome, when you reach a point where you look this good and have worked hard to get that way, you should be proud to show it off.
    Way to go, Syd!

  • Silver Frost

    With the ESPN body issue I don’t see nudes, I see cover ups and shame. And Leroux has some issues with all those tats.

  • Steglitz49

    Gold-Lena declined to be folded out in Playboy (or some other “gentlemen’s” magasine). It just made her even more popular. Instead she made knitting and felting videos for her yarn-sponsor (you can find them on the web). To each their own.

    • hercircumstance

      While I’m sure Syd would love to be in Dog Fancy (considering her side hobby) there is nothing wrong with being in the Body Issue. I thought we were over this when Hope got sanctimoniously blasted for it only to have Abby do it the next year without so much as a peep from the prudes. Now Syd does it and we are at it again? Sigh. Unless you all are posting these same old fashioned thoughts when Timmy Howard did it. Somehow I think that isn’t the case. Does Howard want to sell yarn? I doubt anyone flipping cares.

      • Steglitz49

        The yarn-corner is probably well and truly spoken for. To be fair to Gold-Lena, she tried to get all her national team mates to knit but they chucked it in pretty fast.

        On the other hand, if lady soccer-players want to be taken seriously, maybe they need to be selective in what extra-curricular activities they chose to excell.

  • robinjoe1

    Exactly what reason would she have to have body issues? She’s the hottest soccer player I’ve ever seen.