Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is no stranger to body shaming: Just last month, Raisman spoke out after a male TSA agent criticized her (killer) body in an incident she said was “so uncomfortable.” So, it’s no surprise that body positivity is something the gold medal winning athlete is passionate about. Fortunately for us, she’s not afraid to speak out.
Yesterday, Raisman took to Instagram to share a picture of herself in a low-cut one-piece swimsuit, along with an inspiring caption about the importance of self-confidence and self-worth, Refinery29 reports.
The 23-year-old wrote,
“Wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you how you should and shouldn’t dress. We are all entitled to wear what we want. Females do not have to dress modest to be respected. Be proud of your body. It’s never about the number on the scale, it’s about the way you feel. You are all unique and beautiful in your own way. No one is perfect. AND no matter who you are, male or female, we all have those days of insecurity. We are all human. Everyone’s story is important. EVERYONE. You never know what someone is going through.”
This isn’t the first time Raisman has shared her inspiring thoughts on female empowerment: In April, Raisman spoke to Motto about the criticism she received after posing for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Eddition. The gymnast explained:
“I knew people were going to say that I wasn’t a good role model and all of this stuff. I did the issue because I love my body. I can express myself in any way that I want. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to judge me. I think being a role model is about being a kind person…women do not have to be modest in order to be respected.”
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More body-positive messages from women:
- These Body-Positive Photos Make an Important Point About the Movement
- Ashley Graham Is Sick of Being Called ‘Brave’ for Wearing a Swimsuit
- Ariel Winters Claps Back at Critics Who Body-Shamed Her for This Outfit
We couldn’t agree more.
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