Five members of England women’s rugby sevens team posed completely naked in appreciation of the body that got them to the top.
The sexy Olympians include; Claire Allan, Danielle Waterman, Michaela Staniford, Amy Wilson-Hardy and Heather Fisher.
They joined a host of female stars, including Glee star Lea Michelle, model and body-positive spokesperson Iskra Lawrence, and Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead, in getting their kit off for Women’s Health Magazine’s 2016 Naked issue.
In the 2016 Naked issue, the women talk about battling body issues and learning to appreciate their bodies for what they can do instead.
On how she learnt to appreciate her body, Fullback Danielle Waterman said: “I’ll always remember trying on my prom dress and being upset at how broad and muscular I was.
“It was my brother who pointed out that my build was the very thing that would help me achieve my dreams of playing pro rugby for England… My body is how it is – 5ft 8in and powerful. For good reason.”
Teammate Claire Allen, 31, describes how she worked out to build her physique.
She said: “I’m naturally slim, and my coaches wanted me to put on weight when I started.
“Now I lift weights and am much stronger, and more powerful – I’m one stone heavier now at 10st, and I love my calves. Working out helps me mentally too; I’m so ready to get back to it after rest days.”
Flanker Heather Fisher, who started suffering from alopecia in 2010, around the time of the Rugby World Cup, reveals how she struggled with her body image when she switched from being an Olympic bobsleigher to rugby sevens.
“What made it hard was, I’d already battled with body confidence after my shape changed dramatically when I switched from being an Olympic bobsleigher to rugby – my shoulders shrank and my legs got bigger. But I don’t train to look good; simply to be effective.”
In other words, rather than focusing on our ‘flaws’ all the time, how about we give our bodies credit for what they’re capable of?
The interview with the players appears in the latest issue of Women’s Health, which features Lea Michelle as its naked cover star, ‘flaws and all’.
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