Chris Paul, Amanda Nunes and Full Roster Revealed for 2019 ESPN Body Issue

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

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The 2019 edition of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue will include a number of major stars, including Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Milwaukee Brewers slugger and defending NL MVP Christian Yelich.  

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Released: Athletes in ESPN The Magazine’s 2019 Body Issue https://t.co/D00EzRnWbP

Paul also did Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition in the past:

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Chris Paul will be in the 2019 ESPN Body Issue. He was also in the 2012 SI Swimsuit Issue. https://t.co/Ue7R52pr4K

Other household names to appear in the issue are Cleveland Browns edge-rusher Myles Garrett, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage and five members of the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.

ESPN already released a behind-the-scenes look at Koepka's photoshoot:

Koepka spoke about the changing perception of golfers as athletes who can have chiseled frames.

"Well, I think in the last 10 years, it's definitely gotten a lot different. Going from John Daly, that's how it was. We just saw him drinking Diet Cokes on the golf course and kinda doing whatever. And I think in the last five, 10 years, you're starting to see athletes are actually playing golf. It's impressive, and there's only going to be more and more of those guys out there in the next five years."

Koepka also spoke about his motivations for doing the issue.

"I've always wanted to do it. I thought it would be so cool," he said. "I think the reason they're asking you is because you're so successful in your field of work. That's an honor in itself. You know, we work hard. We train hard. We like to have fun and get to show it off a little bit."

The gallery of pictures and story pages will be on ESPN.com on Sept. 4, per Jennifer Cingari Christie of ESPN Press Room, while the issue will be on newsstands Sept. 6.


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