Kirstie Ennis has become the first veteran to be on the cover of ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which features professional athletes who ditch their uniforms and clothes in order to showcase the results of their hard work and athletic endeavors.
Ennis is a Marine Corp veteran who ultimately lost her left leg from above the knee, down, following a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012, during her second deployment.
She is now an amputee athlete and Paralympic hopeful for 2018.
Ennis posted to social media that she was honored to be a part of the Body Issue.
“When I found out I made the cover, I actually cried,” she wrote on Facebook and Instagram. “Initially, I was reluctant to make myself so vulnerable by sharing my story and taking the photos. People tell me I’m strong quite often, but really I’m strong because of the people around me.”
“This one’s for every man, woman or child facing some sort of adversity,” she continued. “You control your circumstances, they don’t control you. Find your passion, and let it consume you. If a little one-legged lady can climb rocks and chase mountains, I promise you, you can do whatever it is your heart desires.”