The Williams posing nude this time, intentionally, is Venus. And she wants you to see all 6’1″ of her in her spread for ESPN Magazine’s sixth annual Body Issue, set to hit newsstands on July 11.
But it sounds like, in a moment of “Ok, ok, I’ll do it!” Venus may have signed on the dotted line before reading the fine print. But she was a good sport about it anyway.
You think the check had anything to do with it?
“It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance,” she said in an interview with ESPN.
You may recall Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that sidelined her from tennis for six months in 2011-2012. She will be discussing the not-yet-reported details of her battle with the disease.
Williams explains to ESPN, “The whole quality of my life was compromised. You are so tired it hurts. You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100 percent.”
She says that the disorder has caused her to be vigilant about training too hard, “It’s a balance between pushing myself as much as I can, and being reasonable about what I can achieve and my body will tolerate,” according to the New York Daily News.
Despite these health issues, Williams is currently playing at Wimbledon. She is only one of four women who have won five Wimbledon singles titles, the New York Daily News reports. She has also won nine Grand Slam tournaments.
Williams’ turn to grace the pages of the magazine comes five years after her sister, Serena, appeared on the cover.
Celebrities Who've Posed Nude
1. Kelly RowlandSource:Kelly Rowland Instagam 1 of 13
2. NIa LongSource:Peta 2 of 13
3. Marshawn LynchSource:ESPN Twitter 3 of 13
4. Kim KardashianSource:Kim Kardashian Instagram 4 of 13
5. Taraji P. Henson5 of 13
6. RihannaSource:PR Photos 6 of 13
7. Garcelle BeauvaisSource:PR Photos 7 of 13
8. Janet JacksonSource:PR Photos 8 of 13
9. Jada Pinkett SmithSource:PR Photos 9 of 13
10. Colin Kaepernick10 of 13
11. Serena WilliamsSource:PR Photos 11 of 13
12. CIaraSource:PR Photos 12 of 13
13. Keyshia ColeSource:PR Photos 13 of 13
Venus and Serena Take Wimbledon
1. 1. Venus and Serena Williams win the women's doubles final match at Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)1 of 7
2. 2. Venus and Serena Williams win the women's doubles final match at Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)2 of 7
3. 3. Serena Williams plays in the women's final match at 2012 Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)3 of 7
4. 4. Serena Williams wins the women's final match at 2012 Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)4 of 7
5. 5. Serena Williams wins the women's final match at 2012 Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)5 of 7
6. 6. Serena Williams wins the women's final match at 2012 Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)6 of 7
7. 7. Serena Williams wins the women's final match at 2012 Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)7 of 7
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