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ESPN reveals photos of Flint boxer Claressa Shields for latest Body Issue

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Life changes as fame grows for Flint Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields

Flint boxer Claressa Shields is tastefully featured in the latest ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. Jake May | MLive.com

FLINT, MI – Olympic boxer Claressa Shields said she didn’t always view herself as the best-looking girl growing up on the north side of Flint.

Some of her classmates bullied and picked on her, but as her boxing talent continued to emerge so did her confidence in her physical frame.

Now her nude physique is tastefully featured in the latest ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.

ESPN revealed the photos of all 19 athletes for this year’s magazine on Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old joins notable athletes such as Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller for the issue, which hits newsstands on July 8.

This is the eighth annual edition of the Body Issue, but for Shields the photos were more meaningful than displaying her body to the world.
“I agreed to do Body because I wanted to show my beautiful side and my strong side,” Shields told ESPN. “With me being a boxer, I always look mean, and all you really focus on is my fist.
“I wanted to show that even though I’m in a male-dominated sport, I’m still a woman – a very strong woman!”

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