Chris Mosier is the first transgender person included in ESPN’s annual Body issue.
Mosier, a duathlete who competes on Team USA’s run-bike-run, enthusiastically shared the stunning photo on his official Facebook page.
The robe is off! I’m so honored to be a part of the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. My first reaction: HOLY SHIT, THAT’S ME!! Photos by Benedict Evans Photography, grooming by Brandie Hopstein Makeup Artist.
Mosier is the first known out transgender athlete to qualify for a U.S. national team, as well as the first to be featured in the Body Issue.
Mosier, age 35, began his transition in 2010 and challenged the International Olympic Committee to be inclusive of trans athletes. He tells the sports magazine, “I have wanted to be in the Body Issue for over a year. I think the reason I felt so inspired to do it is that I’m finally at a place where I feel very comfortable with my body. And as a trans person, being in a body that didn’t really fit me for 29 years, now I feel very comfortable in my own skin.”
Mosier is not alone in his stunningly brave pictorial and accompanying interview with the ESPN publication. He notes he feels very proud to be featured in the issue, “alongside Dwayne Wade, Von Miller, Greg Louganis and more.”
ESPN Magazine’s deputy editor, Neely Lohmann, highlighted the unique openness of the Body Issue, in which athletes “allow themselves to be completely vulnerable without audience – not just in the photographs but with their interviews as well. This year we have athletes opening up in raw and moving ways about overcoming physical struggles: everything from asthma to HIV, amputation to transgender transitioning.” Lohman doesn’t take the responsibility of sharing these inspirational journeys lightly, adding, “It’s an honour to tell their stories.”
ESPN’s The body Issue will be available online from July 6th and as a hard copy from July 8th. You can read Mosier’s complete interview online now.