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Aly Raisman Takes Down Body-Shamers Who Thought She Was ‘Too Bulky’

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It’s kind of crazy to me that people still consider it unattractive for a woman to be strong. But apparently, when it comes to a woman being muscular, it seems people just don’t know what to think–as Jewish Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman can attest to, as she was bullied about this while growing up.

In an Instagram photo she posted this week, Raisman let her body-shaming bullies know what’s up:

“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.”

Her words are simple, but powerful: You are beautiful no matter what–and perfection doesn’t exist. This means having the perfect body, the perfect family, the perfect kids, the perfect marriage, the perfect job, is impossible. And that’s a great thing, because it means we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not being perfect, for not “having it all,” because it’s not real. Instead, we need to focus on what makes us happy, and what we can do to the best version of ourselves.


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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