miesha-tate-nude-ESPN-body-issue-2013.jpgESPN’s annual Body Issue is due out later this week, but some of the athletes’ pictures featured within have been released for a sneak peek preview (via the New York Daily News).

Above, MMA fighter Miesha Tate poses on the beach and says of the photo shoot, “It was nerve-racking because even though it was a private beach,
there’s still big houses all around and we had a couple of people trying
to walk by the shoot. They kept turning around and walking
in the background and our crew kept having to hold up blinders so they
wouldn’t see me.”

Below, National Hot Rod Association funny car driver Courtney Force is carrying on a family tradition. Her father, John Force, a legendary drag racer, posed for the Body Issue two years ago.

And finally, snowboarder Elena Hight is letting it all hang out on the slopes — to which we say, “Brrrrr!” But Hight is (ahem) chill about it.

“That took any modesty right away. I had to go with the flow,” laughs HIght.

The 2013 Body Issue hits the ‘net and newsstands on July 12. Check out more sneak peeks at the NYDN site.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."