Dancing With the Stars Alum Amy Purdy Strips Down (VIDEO)
Amy Purdyhas officially bared all for the world. She bared her soul on Dancing With the StarsSeason 18, ultimate taking second place with Derek Hough, and now she’s bared her body for ESPN. Not only did Amy reveal her limbs and prosthetics for the annual Body Issue — which celebrates the athletic form — she kept her face bare too. Strangely enough, that was the “naked” element that freaked her out most!
That’s something Amy mentioned when posting this photo from the shoot on Instagram. “Never thought I would be posting a photo of myself nude,” she wrote. “The scariest part of the@espnmag shoot for me was not just taking my clothes off but taking all makeup off. They didn't want any hair done or makeup which wasn't easy especially after being on dancing with the stars so done up each week!”
Ah, it’s true. The DWTS cast and pros get spoiled with the hair, makeup and free spray tan treatments each week. “But looking at these photos I can say, this is me,” Amy added. “Imperfections and all and having my parents, grandparents and even little 9 year old nieces approval was very important to me and I am so grateful they all approve! My reason for doing this shoot is to celebrate the body that has helped to get me through so much. My hopes with doing this shoot is that we can all find appreciation in our bodies strength, imperfections and beauty. For we are all perfectly imperfect.”
Well said! But Amy, 34, is naturally beautiful, and we’re not exactly spotting any imperfections in her pics. She’s just fit and fabulous. Photographer Paola Kudacki, who shot Amy’s photos, also shared this black-and-white pic with Amy hanging in the air. Paola called Amy “talented and inspiring” with “incredible strength!” No argument there.
ESPN The Magazine’s sixth annual The Body Issue hits newsstands July 11. Amy is just one of 22 athletes featured, including Venus Williams and Michael Phelps. Congrats to Amy and her fellow “nude” stars!