The concept of being “body positive” has reached the world of sports – Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder will be gracing the cover of ESPN’s Magazine for the Body Issue. Nude photos from him, as well as six other athletes, prove to the world that being big and being athletic can coincide.
“You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack,” Fielder told ESPN.
“All I wanted was a chance. People didn’t think I’d be able to play every day because of my size or be capable of having a long career. They were just dismissing me. At first I used it as motivation, but then I realized keeping all that anger in for no reason just got old,” he told the outlet.
Today, Fielder has proved a number of people wrong, having played for both the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers in his baseball career. In a world where body image has become extremely important from models to athletes, Prince Fielder and ESPN Magazine are proving that body positivity comes in all shapes and sizes.