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Olympian Aly Raisman's Inspiring Instagram Post Wins at Body Positivity

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Hillary Eaton is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in VICE, Refinery29, LA Weekly and Complex. She loves writing about food, entertainment, travel and style.
Olympian Aly Raisman's Inspiring Instagram Post Wins at Body Positivity
Aly Raisman inspired people with her body-positive Instagram post. Photo Credit: Getty

If it wasn’t enough that gymnast Aly Raisman slayed at the Olympics this year when she took home a gold medal for the United States, Raisman has just won our hearts all over again with a touching body-positive Instagram post.

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Raisman, who posted a photo highlighting her gorgeous, toned arms and muscular build on Instagram this past Wednesday, used the platform to reach out to those who have caused her to feel badly about herself over the years.

“Shoutout to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong,’” Raisman 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.”

Not only does Raisman open up about experiencing bullying about her body, she also takes the opportunity to encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin, no matter what other people may say: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t look. There is no such thing as a perfect body type.”

The post, which is a part of the #PerfectNever campaign from Reebok, has already begun to blow up on the internet, inspiring young and old who deal with body-image issues to see they aren’t alone in the struggle. It’s also solidifying Aly Raisman as the official body-positivity queen for all the strong girls out there everywhere. Long may she reign.

What Do YOU Think?

Do you struggle with body-image issues? Do you or a friend ever feel self-conscious about being strong? Let us know in the comments!

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