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Boston Breaker’s forward Sydney Leroux was better known for her face than her body before posing for one of the eight special covers for the issue.
When asked why she decided to pose nude, Leroux told ESPN, “I think a lot of females struggle with the way they look, and I wanted to show that everyone's body is different. I think it's a big deal to be an athlete and feel confident in your body and show it off. I'm not going to say I've never struggled with how I look, but I've reached a point in my life where I'm happy with who I am.”
She’s proud of what her sport has done to her body as well. “I like that I have scars. I have scars all over my legs. I don't ever try to hide them; they remind me of how hard I play. I like that I look tough. It's something to celebrate, and it's my job.”
For more photos and inspiring interviews with the athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue, check out ESPN.com or pick up a copy when it hits newsstands July 12.
Photo credit: Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine
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