BOSTON (CBS) — ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue” annually draws attention for highlighting the many shapes and sizes of professional athletes, and this year, local Olympian Aly Raisman graced the issue.
The 21-year-old Needham native won two Olympic golds in the 2012 Games in London, and she continues to work as hard as ever toward next summer’s Olympics in Rio.READ MORE: Skier Seriously Injured After Crashing Into Building At Nashoba Valley
Raisman took time to join Toucher & Rich on Friday morning to discuss the photo shoot.
“It was one of those things where at first when they asked me to do it, I was really kind of nervous about it, because I had never really thought about actually doing it,” Raisman said. “Every year when it comes out, I think it’s amazing and I think it’s a really beautiful thing, but I never actually saw myself really doing it. But as soon as I really thought about it and how hard I work for my body — I eat really healthy, I worked out seven hours yesterday, so I put a lot of effort into the way that I look — so I kind of thought it would be a cool thing to try. Once in a lifetime, for sure.”
Rich said that for the average person, appearing in such a magazine would be mortifying, but it’s obviously a different case for elite athletes. Raisman said she’s not worried what other people think about the photos, because to her, they came out perfect.
“For me, I was really happy when I saw the photos. I love my photos, so that’s the most important thing. As long as I like it,” she said. “That was I think the most nerve-racking part was I didn’t get a say in what photos ESPN chose, so I had to wait until Monday morning when the photos came out online to see which photos they chose. So that part was actually more nerve-racking than being naked at the shoot, because I wanted to make sure that I liked it. I can’t think of anything worse than hating the photos that they picked for everyone to see.”
As for the shoot, Raisman didn’t feel uncomfortable.
“I’m pretty comfortable, so I liked it. I thought it was really fun. At 21 years old, I feel the most confident that I have in my whole life. If they asked maybe a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it. But I really, really enjoyed it. It was a great experience and it felt good to feel that comfortable with my body. Not saying I’m perfect. I have insecurities like everyone else, but you kind of forget that you’re naked. The shoot was like six hours long because I’m such a perfectionist, so by the end of the day I was just so comfortable I could have walked to Starbucks naked. … Not that I would do that.”MORE NEWS: Winchester Woman Among 3 Hurt In Head-On NH Crash
Listen to the full interview below!