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Prince Fielder is a first baseman for the Texas Rangers, and his nude body is on the cover of one of ESPN The Magazine’s body issue. You won’t see breakthrough abs, or a chiseled body. What you will see is Fielder being proud of his body, even though he’s not ‘cut’.

Fielder said, “A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.”

Although some people felt encouraged by Fielder and his husky body:

Others didn’t see it as something that was worthy of a cover:

ESPN’s body issue has featured a variety of athletes, who have discussed their body and their sport. But by adding Fielder nude to their cover, the magazine opens up the conversation of body image and how men can also be affected.

Although I’d like to think that men do have their issues as well, can they be compared to women’s issues?

I’ve seen tons of heavier men who’ve made negative comments about heavy women. Even down to their own dating preferences. We even see heavy men highlighted on TV. Ask yourself, how many times have you seen a fat man, married to a skinny woman on a sitcom. But have you seen the opposite? Hell, how many heavy women are on TV nowadays anyways?

As a non-reader of ESPN, I’m not sure if there has ever been a cover with a full-figured woman. Serena and Venus Williams have both been on the cover, and of course Serena isn’t exactly a svelte woman. But when ESPN puts a shot-put thrower in her full glory on a magazine, and she receives the same amount of praises that Fielder has received, then maybe I can believe that people are more accepting of all body types in both sexes.

Kudos to Fielder and his body. Just call me skeptical until I see a full-figured female athlete on the cover, instead of a tall chiseled one.

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  • paintgurl40

    I think he’s sexy as hell!

  • He’s a cutie! I’ve dated more men that have looked like him than chiseled 12-pack dudes. I prefer a fit body, but there’s nothing wrong with a little extra. But see, that’s the difference between men & women, we see him as handsome but if a larger woman was on the cover, both men and WOMEN would have a lot more negative comments than he’s getting.

  • Prodigy

    He is alright looking, but honestly, I couldn’t be attracted to him. I have a range, and that range includes thin guys(like Raj from Big Bang Theory—oooohh lawd, nerdy guys with accents are so fine lol) all the way to buff guys(like Mr. Big). If you are beyond that, then please exit left and open the door to the kingdom of platonic connections. LOL. I am sure that there are a lot of nice ladies checking him out already though, so, he probably doesn’t care about those who are not checking for him.

  • QS_1998

    I think he looks great. Very attractive. I usually think that men who are flabby are a turn-off. But he is solid, like he has a “foundation of muscle, so to speak. Very nice….

    But, I think the writer is on point when she said that ESPN would never put a chunky female athlete in the Body Issue. Total double standard. And I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find a heavier male athlete with a chubby girlfriend on his side. OK for men to have a tummy, but it’s an abomination for women.

    • Jael James

      My husband works out religiously and while I appreciate him staying fit, I also don’t mind that now that he’s getting a little older it’s getting harder to hold on to the six pack. While he hates his weight gain in the middle, I’m loving it. He’s still muscular everywhere else, but that lil playground is nice and I actually prefer it.

      On the chubby girlfriend issue, I’ve noticed how a lot of us (read, Black women) talk about a man wanting someone with a little meat on their bones. And, yes, guys often talk about wanting a thick chick (read, full-figured woman). However, among celebrities, athletes, successful businessmen, etc. it’s nearly impossible to find one deliberately selecting a Black woman from the big bone pool. This isn’t to say that one body type is better than the other (for me, it’s all about health and a skinny woman can be less healthy than a large one), just that I’ve observed this throughout the years. The question is whether Black men in the lower income earning pool are being authentic in their delight for heavier women or if, as they achieve greater economic success or fame, they are falling prey to the old standard of beauty brainwash.