"I just want people to see somebody who embraces being naked, embraces everything about them being different," Griner tells ESPN The Magazine

By Tierney McAfee
Updated July 06, 2015 04:00 PM
Credit: Paola Kudacki for ESPN The Magazine

Brittney Griner has nothing to hide.

The two-time WNBA All-Star is one of several athletes baring it all for ESPN The Magazine‘s annual Body Issue, showing off her 6-ft., 8-in., 205-lb. build and giving fans insight into her “very tall world.”

“I think my feet are bigger than Kareem’s. They are size 17 men’s,” Griner says. “My hands are even bigger than LeBron’s. I could palm a basketball since I was a freshman in high school. For me, it’s a very tall world. Just walking around, it’s kind of like being on display at a museum, like being on display 24/7.”

But now Griner, 24, is changing the narrative and proudly putting her “athletically lanky” body on display – critics be damned.

“I’m sure people are going to have a lot of critical things to say [about these photos]: ‘Yo, she’s a man!’ But hey, that’s my body and I look the way I look,” she says. “People are either going to accept me for who I am or they’re not. I don’t know what people think I’m hiding I just want people to see somebody who embraces being naked, embraces everything about them being different.”

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U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer champion Ali Krieger is also embracing her differences in the Body Issue.

The fullback, 30, whose team defeated Japan 5-2 in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, tells ESPN, “I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that.”

“Every day is a challenge,” she adds. “Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport – the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.”

For more from the Body Issue, visit espn.com, or pick it up on newsstands this Friday, July 10.