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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Shoutout to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being "too strong". Thanks for forcing me to learn to love myself and my body. My muscular arms that were considered weird and gross when I was younger have made me one of the best gymnasts on the planet. Don't ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn't look. There is no such thing as a perfect body type. I love being a part of the #PerfectNever campaign. #GirlPower #Supporteachother