Katarina Witt, one of the greatest Olympic figure skaters, was the first female athlete to pose naked for Playboy. The December issue featuring her nude photographs was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. Some do it for the money and fame, some do it for a good cause, while other athletes do it because they are simply proud of showing their perfectly sculpted bodies.
10. Amy Acuff
It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part. The photography on Khatuna was my favorite, visually…. Makes clear that even healthy people have different physiques, which helps deflate a lot of the body image BS out there.
About The Gallery
While the sporting world is typically dominated by male athletes, there have been many female athletes throughout history that have proved that playing sports does not mean that you have to be manly, or that the sporting industry stops female athletes from acknowledging their feminine side outside of their profession. Over the years, Playboy has made it easy for female athletes to show off their less aggressive side, by taking women from around the globe from their sports and given them a laid-back, fun and sexy shoot to embrace the wondrous image that is the female body. Female athletes have become endless stories of unique role models and fascinating obsessions, all of which are mainly based around their diversity; how they can be tough, strong and athletic, yet sustain a soft, feminine and beautiful side to them. Whether it has been for publicity, woman empowerment or athletic inspirations, here are the top 15 female athletes that have posed for Playboy. The issue included a twelve page spread of many female athletes, whilst Acuff was honored on the occasion to grace the cover. Better known as Sable to the wrestling world, Rena began her WWE career way back in and is considered to be one of the most popular Divas of all time, even to this day. Though she began strictly as a valet, she then began to perform in the ring, even winning the WWE Women's Championshi when she defeated Jacqueline for the belt. She has since retired from in-ring action, but is married to one of the biggest stars in wrestling, Brock Lesnar. Her first appearance in a Playboy magazine, back in , was one of the highest selling issues of all time. Considering the kick-boxer is a model first and athlete second, she has not only graced the covers of the sexiest magazine in the world, but set an example for fellow models wanting to break away.
United States WWE superstar and former women's champion and actress Ronda Rousey posed nude and covered in just body paint for Swimsuit Illustrated magazine. American alpine skiist Lindsey Vonn appeared in nothing but body paint for Sports Illustrated magazine. Radwanska was excluded from a Catholic movement in Poland following her dare bare act. Hope Solo, the controversial American soccer player, also posed in the nude for a sports magazine. German figure skater and world champion Katarina Witt bared it all for Playboy in The issue was a sold out one. US Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard posed in the buff for an anti-fur ad campaign. Japanese paralympic athlete Maya Nakanishi stripped to gather funds to take part in the London Paralympic Games. When tennis professional Vera Zvonareva posed nude for a photo shoot, the lady's following doubled up almost instantly.