Annie Leibovitz recently shot some of the top female athletes in the world for Nike's "Make Yourself" campaign. The athletes USA track and field Olympian Allyson Felix, Chinese tennis player Li Na, Algerian-French dancer Sofia Boutella, British hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, Russian-born tennis star Maria Sharapova, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, and Australian surfer Laura Enever represent the Make Yourself Team, a group of female athletes who encourage women to reach their goals and never give up.
It's a beautiful message, especially for young girls who are just starting to realize their potential, athletic or otherwise. See Leibovitz's stunning images of the athletes after the jump plus quotes from them about how they stay focused and inspired!
"To achieve something great takes sacrifice. I'm always pushing myself, asking if I did everything I could on the court today."
- Maria Sharapova, Tennis
"My competitors don't take a day off, so I can't, either. Every day I'm obsessed with getting the absolute most out of my body that I can."
- Allyson Felix, Track & Field
"I pay attention to every detail and strive for perfection, even though I know it doesn't exist."
- Sofia Boutella, Dance