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Dwyane Wade discusses appearing in ESPN The Mag’s Body Issue

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Dwyane Wade will appear in the upcoming edition of ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, and the 34-year-old Miami Heat superstar addressed how posing in the buff helped him get out of his comfort zone.

Calling himself “a fat boy at heart,” Wade discussed in an essay about his upcoming appearance in the upcoming edition of the Body Issue what it was like stripping down for the photo shoot, something he couldn’t have possibly envisioned as a youngster who kept his shirt on when going swimming.

“It was uncharted water for me,” Wade said, via ESPN. “It was one of those moments where it’s good to overcome a fear of something.

“It’s bigger than me showing my body off. That’s not as important to me as telling a story of overcoming a fear. It hopefully gives someone confidence to really be their authentic self.”

Wade clearly has some reservations about appearing in the Body Issue considering he turned down requests for seven straight years before committing this time.

“To me, doing the Body Issue is bigger than looking at an athlete’s body,” Wade said. “It’s more about the story we are telling of overcoming my fear of doing this. I had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged. So to me, overcoming that is the biggest thing. Someone may look at me and think, ‘Why would you have insecurity?’ Well, this is real life and I’m human, and these are the things that I deal with that many others might deal with.”

Wade headlines a group of A-list athletes who will appear in the upcoming Body Issue, joining Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, UFC superstar Conor McGregor and 325-pound Houston Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.