It almost seems unfair for the collection of women who astound the world on the playing field, on the uneven bars and in the swimming pool to be breathtakingly beautiful enough that they are asked to floss their physiques in their birthday suits.

True, it no longer shocks when comely, elite athletes disrobe for Playboy and other A-list magazines. The proliferation of nudity in multiple magazine spreads — most notably Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit “Body Paint” section and ESPN’s annual “The Body” issue — has desensitized the nation and the world to such sights.

That doesn’t mean that men have lost their love of ogling a perfectly sculpted heavenly physique. Not at all.

Below are the elite female athletes who have posed naked for Playboy and other magazines in recent years. 

Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.