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Kenneth Faried Admits He Was Once “Built Like a Coat Hanger” in ESPN’s “Body Issue”

Kenneth Faried's ESPN Body Issue 2013 Cover

Kenneth Faried’s ESPN Body Issue 2013 Cover

Kenneth Faried aka Manimal, forward for the Denver Nuggets, is just one of the amazingly toned new bodies that grace ESPN’s fifth annual “Body Issue,” available Friday, July 12.

While we either find inspiration in these phenomenal nude physiques or gawk in pure lust, the issue will also feature very motivating interviews.

Each sports stars reveals their own body “issues” and hang ups, what keeps them going, their weaknesses and much more.

Enjoy photos from the Carlos Serrao-lensed shoot and see a few snippets from his interview below.

Why he decided to pose:

“I’m comfortable in my own skin, and I love my body. I feel that this is the year for people to feel free to express themselves. This is the year Jason Collins came out and said ‘I’m an NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.’ I’m the first NBA player member to join Athlete Ally, so I wanted to show I’m happy with who I am and support people who are gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual and so on.”

If he’s ever felt self-conscious about his body:

“When I was younger, I was built like a coat hanger — all you could see was my collarbone; I had no chest. I needed to fill out and wanted to bulk up. I thought I was strong, but I was a toothpick. In 10th grade, people started giving me more respect because I got taller. It wasn’t until the basketball season, when I was rebounding and blocking shots, that I came into my own. I was about 6-foot-2, and I grew two inches every spring. As my mom would say, when the flowers were growing, I was growing.”

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