ESPN the Magazine Body Issue Brought to Life in New TV Special

The debut show, which features behind-the-scenes photos, video and interviews features 23 athletes including Julian Edelman, Ezekiel Elliott and Javier Baez, airs Friday on ESPN2

Last Updated: July 14, 2017 @ 2:01 PM

The latest stunning ESPN the Magazine Body Issue will be brought to life in a new TV special airing Friday night on ESPN.

The first special one-hour show around the ninth annual Body Issue, which features the top names in sports tastefully photographed in all their glory, airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

It is set to feature behind-the-scenes photo, video and interviews with the 23 athletes in the issue, including Julian Edelman (pictured above), Ezekiel Elliott and Javier Baez.

Titled “ESPN The Magazine – 2017 BODY Issue” and centered on the theme “Every Body Has a Story,” the show will be hosted by ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain.

Also featured on the show are: NHL teammates Brent Burns and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks; adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and the first veteran featured in the Body Issue, retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis; Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.

On Tuesday night, many of the stars from past and present Body Issues attended the “BODY at ESPYs” at Avalon in Hollywood on the eve of the 25th ESPY Awards.

Naughty by Nature performed to a packed crowd, which included Edelman, Elliott, Lindsey Vonn, Aly Raisman, Ashley Wagner, Lamar Odom, A.J. Andrews, James White and Dion Lewis.

“We want to make sure we really make a big splash with this. One of the people I most excited to get this year was AJ Andrews, professional softball player. She is the first woman ever to get the gold glove in history,” Alison Overholt, Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine, told TheWrap on the red carpet.