Dwyane Wade posed nude for the cover of ESPN’s Body Issue in an exclusive interview where he talked about overcoming his body insecurities and his naked truth.
“To me, doing the Body Issue is bigger than looking at an athlete’s body. 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”, Dwyane said.
The three-time NBA champion said, “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.”
Dwyane Wade who had turned down offers to be on the Body Issue seven times before accepting in 2016 revealed he became comfortable with his body four years ago.
Prior to being comfy in his skin, the 34-year-old used to have an outie which made him super insecure. He never wanted to take his shirt off at the swimming pool or outside during water fights.
“The only people who went into the pool with their shirts on were the kids who were overweight — and me. I knew that I was different.”
The Miami shooting guard said, “I was just never comfortable until about four years ago, when I started feeling comfortable with my body overall. As you go through life, you get more comfortable with yourself. It’s like everything else with life — you change, you grow.
People might think it’s simple, but for me it was hard to even feel comfortable walking around naked when it’s just me and my wife. So the thought of doing it at a photo shoot in front of people [laughs] — it was like, “No way ever.”
Wade who is married to Gabrielle Union also talked about his recent project which is his ‘Naked’ underwear line.
“In my underwear line, Naked, we have this thing called the “Naked Truth” — and my naked truth, I always say, is me being my authentic self. That became a part of me doing this shoot. I’m like, “You know what, nothing is clearer than this, being my authentic self.”
Wade added, “Right here is just me baring it all. This is as authentic as it gets. I always joke when I’m with people, “I’m always naked now” [laughs]. I’m always naked in my everyday life. That’s because I either have on Naked underwear or no clothes at all.”
I’m certain the ladies would love the no clothes at all part.