Aly Raisman In Bikini Celebrates Self-Love

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In 2020, retired Olympic gold-medalist Aly Raisman shared a heart-wrenching story on body dysmorphia and its damage to young (old) people's confidence. One of her stories talked about an unsettling experience that bullied her out of wearing revealing outfits and dealing with people calling her mean names.

It's been two years now, and Aly has grown to love her body more. She partnered with activewear brands Aerie and Sylvia P to release a set of swimsuits, bodysuits, and leotards for young girls.

Showing Off Her Flat Abs

Aly showed off her impressive physique in a deep-shade nude bikini featuring a knotted short-sleeve top and matching bottoms. She posed against the backdrop of a floral wall and adorned her long brown hair (side swept) with a single flower bud. The athlete accompanied her cute post with a profound message on body dysmorphia.

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Surviving Childhood Bullying

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"Growing up, I trained almost every day because I loved gymnastics so much, it was my favorite thing in the world. I love being active, so I was always excited to try new sports. I enjoyed playing sports with the kids in my class, but I soon realized some of the boys didn’t enjoy playing with me..."

Why She Stopped Wearing Revealing Clothes

"When I was in fifth grade, a few boys in my class told me my muscles were gross and I looked like I was on steroids. They began running around the playground calling me “roids.” I walked away with my head down, fighting back tears. It crushed me. I felt so self-conscious; I wanted to hide. I remember this vividly because words are powerful. I also remember a time in 7th grade when a few boys told me my muscles were “disgusting.” I can remember it like it was yesterday. I even remember what I was wearing -- a pink tank top...," she continued.

Overcoming Self-Hate And Embracing Love

Aly Raisman on the Floor
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Although 5th and 7th grade were a long time ago, those moments stayed with me for years. I wish they hadn’t. I didn’t wear tank tops again for a very, very long time. Sadly, I think most people experience bullying at some point in their lives.

She concluded her post by encouraging everyone to be kind to one another.

I wanted to write this post to remind you all to be kind to one another and remember your words are powerful. We live in such a judgmental world, and I hope that changes. I also hope we can work together to educate young boys and girls about the damage of body shaming and the impact it has on body dysmorphia. I am proud to work with Aerie because they are showing us how beautiful and unique we all are.

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