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The Maroon Tiger, the student newspaper of Morehouse College, today released “The Body Issue,” which features 30 students from Morehouse and Spelman who agreed to pose nude and tell their own stories of overcoming abuse, addiction, depression, and a variety of other issues. “I remember following the release of ESPN’s Body Issue and thinking to myself how distorted a presentation it was to showcase these ideal images,” said MT managing editor Jared Loggins. “Frankly, I think the edition missed the mark. Here we are, living in a diverse country. The vast majority of Americans don’t look like that (not that having the perfect physique is a bad thing).
The Maroon Tiger Staff wanted to created something of a socially conscious and radically different response to ESPN. And that’s what got the ball rolling.” “The Body Issue” was intended to serve as a self-affirmation tool for the students of all body types in the midst of a society that idolizes a certain physique, and was produced as part of The Maroon Tiger‘s ARTober campaign to re-define and showcase that which we consider art on campus.