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Actress Halle Berry is apparently a fan of combat sports, having recently studied jiu-jitsu under UFC legend Brian Ortega in preparation for her role in Bruised -- per USA Today -- as well as showing some enthusiasm for one particular female boxer on Instagram as of late. Taking to the popular social media platform just moments ago, as of this writing, the Swordfish starlet give up some serious props for champion pugilist Claressa Shields, sharing a nude photo of the decorated champ in the process.
The purpose of the ESPN Body Issue is not to inspire envy as many, including myself, would imaginebut to showcase the incredible physiques of the world's top athletes.
The athletes pose nude, often in stances of action or dynamic repose, to quite literally embody their own stories. That's why the Body Issue shoot of America's top female boxer and one of the best boxers in the world is so incredible. In sports, your body is equal parts canvas and work tool. Shields' body is not only one of the strongest and most beautiful bodies showcased, but also, as a boxer, one that requires constant training to keep strong.
The proof is in the photographs as her drive and concentration shine through both her expression and posture. It also takes emotional strength to become a champion, which Shields has in spades.
The story of her difficult and abusive upbringing in Flint, Michiganas well as her return to the impoverished city following her gold medal win in London add a brilliant context to these photos. We are looking at someone who has overcome much more than many of her fellow American Olympians but refuses to allow herself to be defined by her circumstances.
Shields is an individual with a true sense of grit and grace that make her more than worthy of the gold yet again.
In an interview that accompanies her Body Issue spread, Shields opened up about her mental and physical training techniques that make her such an amazing athlete:. The seemingly-extreme measures paid off: inat the mere age of 17, Shields became the first American woman to win gold in boxing at the London Olympics.
And on the eve of her title-defending fight against Russia's Yaroslava Yakushinaall eyes will be on her as she gears up to potentially become the first American boxer to ever win consecutive gold medals at back-to-back Olympics.
With an already-stunning career and potentially greater accolades and awards to come, Shields' Body Issue photos show that strength and vulnerability can be paired with hardship and grace in beautiful ways. By Noor Al-Sibai. See All Health Relationships Self.