Aly Raisman shouts out ‘to the boys who made fun of me’
Olympic champion gymnast Aly Raisman delivered a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” on Wednesday.
The post appeared to be part of a Reebok campaign, given a hashtag -- #PerfectNever -- that Olympic bronze medalist judoka and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey also used with a similar message last week.
Raisman has long been comfortable with the body-image platform.
She appeared in ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue” in 2015.
“I feel like a couple years ago, the ESPN Body Issue was something that I would have never thought about doing, but I think at the age of 21 I feel confident in myself and I feel confident in the way that I look,” Raisman said, according to NBCOlympics.com. “I work really, really hard for my body and I eat healthy and, I don’t know, I just thought it would be a cool thing to try. It’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but it was – I felt more comfortable doing the ESPN ‘Body Issue’ than I do like dancing in here by myself, which is weird, but I’m serious.”