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05/31/2013 05:02 pm ET

Brittney Griner Photo Graces Cover Of ESPN The Magzine's 'Taboo' Issue

AP

Brittney Griner told ESPN The Magazine that she is "100% happy." She also showed its photographers that she is 100% unafraid of snakes.

With a slithering co-star draped around her upper body, the WNBA star graced the cover of the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. It's "The Taboo issue" and Griner's arresting cover portrait by Cass Bird accompanies an equally captivating profile of the WNBA star within the magazine by Kate Fagan entitled "Owning The Middle."

Call her names if you like — @phoenixmercury's @brittneygriner is done hiding from haters: es.pn/19m7MZE. twitter.com/ESPNMag/status…

— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) May 29, 2013

Fagan's powerful piece chronicles Griner's journey from her youth in Houston to the WNBA, with a focus on her struggles -- and the struggles of those around her -- to become comfortable with her sexuality and her size.

"I am 100-percent happy," the 6' 8" Griner told Fagan. "When I was at Baylor, I wasn't fully happy because I couldn't be all the way out. It feels so good saying it: I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better."

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