Liz Cambage bared all for ESPN

9/5/2019 Atlanta Dream vs Las Vegas Aces at State Farm Arena, photo courtesy of Carlita Duran

Las Vegas star, Liz Cambage bared it all for the 2019 Body Issue from ESPN The Magazine. The WNBA All-Star exposed herself for a collection of empowering photos that is now on newsstands.

 

For 11 years, the Body Issue has showcased the world’s greatest athletes. The Body 2019 Roster also includes WNBA vet, Nancy Lieberman. 

Although, this may be the first time Cambage has bared it all by stripping down, she has been very open about her battle with mental health problems.

Last month, Cambage wrote an open letter for The Players Tribune. In her letter she addressed anxiety, depression and mental health in general. 

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thank you for all the love and support after my open letter for the @playerstribune was published. my motto has been “live your truth” for a while now, so here I am living mine. Since 2016 I have tried to be open and honest about my mental health, so I felt compelled to write this piece to be real with you all about my most recent and past absence from the WNBA. I wrote this letter for the people struggling in silence, the people who are too scared to ask for help and for those who use anything and everything but the truth to numb themselves. I just want everyone to remember that we are all human, we all have our ups and downs and we should never be ashamed of our feelings. And please remember to be kind to one another, for you never know what others are going through. I’m also a strong believer that all the darkness I’ve been through has made my light shine so much brighter, and here I am shining again ☺️ big love EC xx ? @jordandrysdale

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The NBA reportedly expanded their mental health program. According to the league’s new guidelines, all teams must have at least one mental health professional on retainer.

Many are praising the NBA for its new rule. On the other hand, Cambage thinks the NBA deserves credit but wonders where that leaves women who play professional basketball.

“It’s disappointing to me that we’re praising anyone for progress, when so many women are being excluded from it,” said Cambage in The Players Tribune. 

This leaves us with one question, what about the WNBA?

That’s what I call the Cambage effect. She pushes the envelope of women in sports. She’s more than an athlete. Anyone who thinks she’s just a woman who likes to play basketball, doesn’t know much about her.

Her transparency and ability to speak her truth makes other women feel confident and emancipated. There’s an entire brand behind her tackling beauty standards. Cambage is the face of Bonds Australia Get Real campaign that launched in July.

Cambage is body goals. She’s admired for the woman that’s underneath the surface. Her confidence empowers women to focus and maximize on what they have and fall in love with who they are.

Increasingly, it seems we can’t wait to see what she does next.