Agnieszka Radwanska posts Body Issue controversy response to Facebook

Photo via Alan Clarke for ESPN the Magazine

Photo via Alan Clarke for ESPN the Magazine

Tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska was dropped by a Catholic youth group after posing nude for ESPN’s annual “Body Issue.” The powers-that-be described her decision to pose for The Mag as “immoral behavior” and the entire thing has formed into a major controversy in her native Poland.

Until this point, Radwanska had remained silent on the issue.

However, she recently broke that silence, posting the following statement to her Facebook page on Friday.

“For those that are not familiar with the magazine, ESPN The Body Issue is a celebration of the beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world. It includes both men and women of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Other athletes photographed include San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings – during and after her pregnancy. My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past.

The pictures are certainly not meant to cause offense and to brand them as immoral clearly does not take into account the context of the magazine. Moreover, they do not contain any explicit imagery whatsoever. I train extremely hard to keep my body in shape and that’s what the article and the magazine is all about. If you read the interview, it only discusses my job as an athlete and what I have to do physically to be able to participate at the highest level of sport.

It has been suggested by some members of the press (among others) that I was paid for the photo shoot. This is absolutely not the case. Neither I nor any of the other athletes were paid. I agreed to participate to help encourage young people, and especially girls, to exercise, stay in shape and be healthy.”

Where is the apology, you ask?

That’s that point: There is none. Radwanska is not saying sorry because she has done nothing wrong. In a day and age where women are increasingly pressured to harm their bodies or starve themselves in the name of beauty or for pleasing male observers, Radwanska is a beautiful, full-bodied young woman who has worked impossibly hard not for a modeling contract or for anyone/anything else.

She has done so in order to be the very best tennis player she can be – and that is one of the world-class variety.

Radwanska should be proud of it, and her statement expresses exactly that.

[H/T: For The Win]

Check out all of the ESPN Body Issue photos here