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Aly Raisman shouts out ‘to the boys who made fun of me’

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 6

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Alexandra Raisman of the United States looks on during the Women’s Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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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.”

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