Worldwide famous athletes have a long history of posing nude or partially clothed for men’s magazines such as Playboy. Katarina Witt, one of the greatest Olympic figure skaters, was the first female athlete to pose naked for Playboy. The December 1998 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.
Whether posing nude is damaging or not for female athletes, is still a hot debate. Are we really “telling women that it’s not enough to be a world-class athlete, that you have also to take off your shirt” as Prof. Charlene Weaving states? By the way, did you know that ancient Olympians competed nude?
Track and field’s Amy Lyn Acuff, along with competing for the United States in five Olympic Games in 1996, 2000, 200, 2008 and 2012, posed nude for Playboy in 2004, the same year that she placed fourth in her division at the Summer Olympic Games. Acuff appeared in the issue alongside many other highly successful athletes, which was heavily noted for its high inclusion of female Olympians for Playboy’s special edition issue of the magazine, “Women of the Olympics”. The issue included a twelve page spread of many female athletes, whilst Acuff was honored on the occasion to grace the cover.