American soccer forward and World Cup champion (2015) Christen Press Nude in ESPN The Magazine Body Issue 2016
Christen Press is the latest soccer star who will shed her clothes in the annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, joining a usual who’s-who list of athletes taking part in the publication.
The United States women’s national team and Chicago Red Stars forward will appear in the magazine’s annual issue which sees athletes from various sports pose naked to celebrate their bodies — which, for athletes, is their livelihood.
“I’ve spent a lot of time being insecure about my body, but it’s done so much for me. It’s my tool, my vessel for my job,” Press said in a statement. “I’m very grateful for the way that I feel when I play. I feel very powerful, I feel fast, I feel unstoppable, and that’s because of my body.”
This year’s Body Issue is headlined by NBA star Dwyane Wade, as well as MLB star Jake Arrieta and NFL players Vince Wilfork and Antonio Brown. Along with Press, fellow Chicago women’s sports star Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP with the Chicago Sky, will also appear in the issue. Several Olympians will take part, too, ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.
Press becomes the seventh current or former U.S. women’s soccer player to take part in the Body Issue, joining Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger, Sydney Leroux and Natasha Kai. Alex Morgan has twice appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition.
The Body Issue will be available online on July 6 and on newsstands on July 8.
Christen Annemarie Press (born December 29, 1988) is an American soccer forward and World Cup champion. She plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team. Press has played for magicJack of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), and for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In 2011, she was named the WPS Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Press was the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 23 goals and became the first American to receive the Golden Boot award in the history of the league. She was a 2010 Hermann Trophy recipient and holds the all-time scoring record at Stanford University. In 2015, she represented the United States at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.