World Cup Winner Megan Rapinoe is one of America’s most successful out female athletes.
The football star is featured on espnW’s What Makes Us – a new documentary series of short films directed and produced by Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo.
In a 13-minute documentary short titled “Pinoe”, Rapinoe talks about her world-famous pass in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals against Brazil as well as her decision to come out in 2012.
In the clip below, Rapinoe shares that she began contemplating revealing her true identity right after the 2011 World Cup.
I feel like when you can really be comfortable with yourself and be true to yourself, then all these other cool things about you are able to shine.”
A trailblazer by many accounts, Brittney Griner made headlines when she came out ahead WNBA draft (where she was the number 1 pick).
Then, with the Phoenix Mercury she broke the WNBA dunk record, and was named the league’s defensive player of the year. Also, with her phenomenal talent she also won over fans when she helped take the Phoenix Mercury to a championship title in September.
As for other records she became the first out athlete to get a Nike campaign, showing that no, being gay does not harm your marketing potential.
Furthermore, Griner also got engaged to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson in August, which may not have set any records but it was certainly adorable.
All of this is why Outsports named the University of Baylor graduate the female athlete of the year.
Watch Brittney Griner’s in ESPN Short Film Documentary
A teaser trailer has been released Megan Rapinoe, showing a quick glimpse of her naked shoot. Rapinoe is among many other athletes, who will be baring it all for ESPN’s annual Body Issue.
The sixth annual edition of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue will feature 22 other athletes who all pose nude, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
We somehow manage to raise the bar each year. This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types. It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”
Chad Millman, Editor in Chief – ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com
Megan Rapinoe gained her first foray into the public spotlight following her stellar performance as a midfielder on the U.S Women’s National Footbal Team silver medal effort at the 2011 World Cup.
Following the tournament, Rapinoe revealed her relationship with a fellow female soccer player to Out magazine. Her courage and advocacy for gay rights earned her a board of directors award from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
The ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue will hit the newsstands July 11, is ESPN The Magazine’s annual celebration of the athletic form.