Israeli athletes pose nude in take on ESPN’s ‘The Body Issue’
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Israeli athletes pose nude in take on ESPN’s ‘The Body Issue’

Olympic swimmer Amit Ivry (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Olympic swimmer Amit Ivry (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Since 2009, ESPN The Magazine has released an annual issue that features photos of renowned athletes posing nude. The Body Issue has become a fixture of popular sports culture that celebrates the immaculate bodies that top athletes can achieve.

Now, Israel’s popular Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has given the idea a try, photographing 14 of Israel’s best athletes nude in “a first” for the country. According to Israel21C, fashion photographer Gabriel Baharlia spent two and a half weeks with the athletes to produce the images. The results, published last weekend, are as startling as ESPN’s.

Ariel Harush, 27 (soccer)

Ariel Harush (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Ariel Harush (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Ariel Harush is a soccer goalkeeper for the Israeli national team and Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.

Amit Ivry, 26 (swimming)

Amit Ivry (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Amit Ivry (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Amit Ivry is an Olympic swimmer who holds several national records in Israel.

Gal Mekel, 27 (basketball)

Gal Mekel

Gal Mekel (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Gal Mekel is a basketball guard who has played in the NBA and currently handles the ball for Serbian team Red Star Belgrade.

Ma’ayan Shahaf, 28 (high jump)

Ma'ayan Shahaf  (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Ma’ayan Shahaf (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Ma’ayan Shahaf is a seven-time national champion high-jumper.

Maor Buzalgo, 27 (soccer)

Maor Buzalgo (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Maor Buzalgo (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Maor Buzalgo is a soccer midfielder for the Israeli national team and Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Israeli Premier League.

Meirav Dori, 29 (basketball)

Meirav Dori (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Meirav Dori (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Meirav Dori is a basketball guard who plays for the Israeli national team.

Donald Sanford, 30 (track)

Donald Sanford (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Donald Sanford (Gabriel Baharlia/Facebook)

Donald Sanford is an American-Israeli Olympian who holds the Israeli record in the 400-meter dash.