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.

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THE SIS­TER­HOOD

“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.”

HAP­PI­NESS

“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.”

POW­ER­ING UP

“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.”

BODY RE­AL­ISM

“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.

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