Aly Raisman Claps Back at Pre-Teen Critics Who Shamed Her Muscular 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."
Aly Raisman might be a two-time Olympic gymnast with six Olympic medals to her name, but that doesn't make her immune to body shaming.
In a recent Instagram post, the incredible athlete gave a "thank you" to the pre-teen critics, who used to tease her for the hard-earned muscles that have since helped make her one of the most successful gymnasts in the world.
"Shoutout to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being 'too strong'," she wrote. "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," she continues. "Don't ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn't look. There is no such thing as a perfect body type."
At such a young age, Raisman oozes with self-confidence and continues to inspire women, who struggle with body image, making her an obvious choice to join Reebok's #PerfectNever movement with Gigi Hadid and Rhonda Rousey. Earlier this year the Olympian shared an empowering picture next to two Victoria's Secret models in order to prove to her fans that "beauty comes in all shapes and sizes."
In a world, where it's so easy to get caught up in your flaws, Raisman kindly reminds us to love our bodies just the way they are. At the end of the day, confidence is what makes us all beautiful.