Be proud of your shape
Gymnast Aly Raisman has won gold medals in two Olympic Games and is now making her mark as an advocate and an author. She’s a strong woman who’s not afraid to let the world know what’s on her mind.
“It’s alarming and scary to me that abuse is still largely misunderstood. [Aly has been famously outspoken about the abuse she suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nas- sar.] If you’re at all confused about the way you’re being treated—even if it’s by someone in a position of power and authority— consult a trusted friend or relative. We need to protect the survivors, not the predators.”
“I love connecting with fans, but I’m happiest when I’m not on my phone. A lot of my anxiety comes from remembering to call or text people and to check social media. Sometimes it’s more important just to be present.”
“You need energy to exercise or you can’t be your best. I eat a lot of carbs— bananas, whole wheat toast, brown rice, whole wheat pasta—but I rotate them before every workout so that I never get sick of any one.”
“Weight fluctuates! It’s being healthy that matters. That’s why I love working with Aerie [Aly has been featured in the #AerieReal Role Model campaign]. They don’t retouch images. They let women be exactly the way they are.”
ALL-AROUND QUEEN In addition to teaming up with clothing line Aerie, Raisman, 23, is the New York Times bestselling author of Fierce and is working on projects with Life Is Good and others.