LOOK: Aly Raisman shares empowering message on her skin for SI swimsuit issue

Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to prison for the rest of his life last month at an emotional seven-day sentencing in a Michigan court room that involved a powerful victim statement from Aly Raisman. The former Olympic gold medalist has continued her message of empowerment by posing for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue.

Raisman had artists cover her body with words for a photo shoot over which she noted, on Instagram, that SI gave her complete creative control. On her arm: “Fierce.” Down her side: “Women don’t have to be modest to be respected.”

It’s an important message, and one that Raisman clearly holds dear. Here’s her post about it on her Instagram.

This isn’t Raisman’s first time baring it all for a magazine shoot. She did the same for ESPN’s Body Issue in 2015. However, the message here is very different — and more apparent — than it was then. The shoot that Raisman participated in featured several other women wearing painted messages. All of the words were of the woman’s choosing, in an effort to empower the women wearing them.

Raisman, of course, needs no empowering. She’s a six-time medalist in the Olympics and she’s won two gold. More than that, however, she clearly seems ready to put the horrific things that happened to her behind her now that Nassar is behind bars. “You have not taken gymnastics away from me,” Raisman told Nassar last month.

She added: “All of these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve: A life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors.”

Aly Raisman & Simone Biles Are Featured In the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Many people eagerly await the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue every year (for various reasons). But this time, we’re thrilled about the special issue for one very important, very gold-medal worthy reason. Yesterday, the mag announced that Aly Raisman and Simone Biles will be featured in the swim spreads, showing off their hard-earned and muscular physiques.

This follows some other milestones from SI. The mag made major moves in the body-pos arena in their last issue by featuring Ashley Graham on the cover as one of their rookies of the year. The year before that, they highlighted Robyn Lawley, the first-ever plus-size model. These steps towards body-inclusiveness definitely made us pay attention to their annual special issue in a way we never really did before. After all, seeing women with real bodies all glammed up in swimsuits being admired in a way that’s usually reserved for only very specific body types is super exciting and relatable. (Want more inspo? Check out these 10 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models to Follow for Fitspiration.)

We couldn’t be more psyched to see two of America’s most accomplished female athletes featured in this issue, and both Simone and Aly seem incredibly pumped too. In a caption that goes along with a photo from the shoot, Aly said, “I’m very proud of my body and how hard I have worked to look like this. I of course, like everyone else, have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best. BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type. SI Swim celebrates women for being unique and beautiful in our own way which is why I am so happy to be a part of it.” (For more from Aly on body confidence, check out her body image advice.)

Simone shared a similar sentiment along with her photo, saying that she’s “so happy to be a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, where athletes’ bodies can be beautiful, too. No matter what anyone tells you, have confidence in your own body. OWN IT.” Yas, girl. Even better, her photo doesn’t feature a traditional seductive swimsuit pose but instead shows off some of her insane gymnastic skills.

Considering how hard athletes work not to just look good but to perform to their maximum potential, we’d love to see more elite women featured prominently. Both Biles and Raisman have shown that they’re advocates of body positivity and have handled haters with grace, so seeing them get the chance to be role models in yet another way is seriously awesome.

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Simone Biles hot pictures will drive you nuts for her. While we are talking about her performances and the actress as a whole, we want to now take you on a ride through a Simone Biles bikini photo gallery. This curated image gallery will showcase some of the sexiest Simone Biles bikini pictures that will make you fall in love with her. Simone Biles is very sexy and these Simone Biles hot images will leave you drooling. So sit back and enjoy a thrill-ride of Simone Biles big booty pictures. These Simone Biles big butt pictures are sure to leave you mesmerized and awestruck. In this section, enjoy our galleria of Simone Biles near-nude pictures as well.

Simone Biles is a very famous American artistic gymnast. She is the 2016 Olympic all-around, vault and also the floor gold medalist, and also the balance beam bronze medalist. Simone Biles had been a part of the gold-medal-winning team-“Final Five” during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Simone Biles is a four-time World all-around champion, she is also the four-time World floor exercise champion, the 2018 World vault champion, a five-time United States national all-around champion, a member of the gold-medal-winning American teams and the two-time World balance beam champion. Simone Biles is a three-time World silver medalist and also a three-time World bronze medalist. Simone Biles had won the combined total of twenty-five Olympic and World Championship medals, and Simone Biles is known as the most decorated American gymnast. Simone Biles had become the 6th woman to have won an individual all-around during the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Simone Biles had then set an American record for gold medals in women’s gymnastics during the Olympic Games. During the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Simone Biles had become the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles and also total World medals.

These sexy Simone Biles bikini photos will make you wonder how someone so beautiful could exist. Yes, she is a very sexy actress and Simone Biles’s bra and breast size prove that she can carry off any dress in style. So, we have also gathered a few Simone Biles bikini and swimsuit featuring Simone Biles’s face and body pictures as well. Simone Biles has an amazing body and perfect figure and she looks stunning in almost any dress. These Simone Biles images will make you want her more than ever.

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Apart from the mind-blowing images that will show you Simone Biles Red carpet images and she looks absolutely stunning. We have also included many Simone Biles photos that have been taken at the beach and these also include Simone Biles swimsuit photos. You can also treat yourself to a few Simone Biles promotional and Simone Biles magazine shoots as well. We will also show you a few of Simone Biles’s cutest pictures, Simone Biles hi-res wallpapers, high quality background and Simone Biles animated GIFs.

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As if Simone Biles and her boyfriend, Stacey Ervin, weren’t cute enough, they just outdid themselves with an adorable Labor Day photo. The two, who went went public as a couple late last month, have since been outspoken with priceless Instagram photos as well as a cute Instagram live where Biles straightened her fellow gymnast’s hair. Most recently, however, they served up some serious couple goals with a poolside picture.

The 20-year-old Olympic medal winner posted the pic to her Instagram on Monday, wearing a mismatched red and black bikini with Ervin by her side in a pair of red board shorts. Both are rocking reflective sunnies, along with matching smiles that nobody can ignore.

“Wow. Glad to see you happy. You spread so much positivity! You deserve all the happiness life has to offer,” one person commented, while others couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the two look together.

As for the romantics who are hopeful about having a relationship with Biles, one wrote, “Wait I thought I was going to marry you??? Who’s this dude?” It looks like he’s out of the running, unfortunately.

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Bikini-clad Simone Biles makes out with boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr in steamy photos from their Thanksgiving vacation

Simone Biles knows how to let loose when she is not channeling her fierce competitive spirit at the Olympics and winning one gold medal after another.

The 22-year-old champion gymnast took a break over Thanksgiving week to travel to Belize with family and friends, which also included her boyfriend, former gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr, 26. In a number of Instagram photos that she posted from the vacation, Simone was seen cozying up to her partner as they enjoyed the beach.

In one of the snaps, the pair was seen wrapped up in a sweet embrace as Stacey scooped Simone up in his muscular arms and gave her a kiss. In another photo, Simone balanced her toned frame on top of her boyfriend’s shoulders, smiling from ear to ear.

During the vacation, the Olympic gold medalist showed off plenty of skin in an array of skimpy outfits including a collection of two-piece bikinis. In fact, for a night out at the tropical destination, Simone and her boyfriend dressed up together in matching cheetah print outfits, posing side-by-side in an adorable picture.

Gymnast Simone Biles throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Two of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

“Wild about you,” Simone captioned the picture of the couple wearing similar patterned outfits.

The duo was also joined by Simone’s sister Adria Biles and another friend on the vacation. Although the female athlete was on vacation and was supposed to stay away from doing flips and other gymnastic tricks that she normally engaged in while practicing her trade, she could not help it.

Inevitably, she shared a video showing off her skills as she flipped through the air while diving into the sea from a tall platform. Simone had her back towards the sea before she leaped off the platform, staying airborne for quite a while before hitting the waters.

“Never be too (sea)rious,” she captioned the video. Even Stacey got inspired by her girlfriend to try some flips and twists in the air himself in a video he shared on his Instagram page.

Simone went public with her relationship with Stacey in 2017, admitting at the time that she was “a bit nervous” for announcing the news to her followers.

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Simone Biles is Back in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has returned for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The 22-year-old from Houston, Texas was the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. She also set an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics in a single Olympic Games when she brought home four in 2016.

Biles made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2017 and returned in this year’s issue with a shoot from Puerto Vallarta to show off her athletic figure.

“I am thrilled to include the gold medal-winning, U.S. women’s gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles in this year’s Swimsuit issue,” said SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day when Biles and Raisman appeared in the 2017 issue. “Aly and Simone represent all that is beautiful and strong and inspiring in women today. Women that are not only elite athletes, that are captivating and impressive in their own professional accomplishments (lots and lots of Olympic gold medals between them), but strikingly sexy and beautiful in front of photographer James Macari’s lens. I love seeing them shine in an entirely different way in the Swimsuit issue and being able to share these gorgeous and powerful images with the world. These women, their beauty, and what they can achieve know no limits.”

For more photos of Simone Biles, check out the pictures below and be sure to head on over to Instagram and click follow to join the growing list of more than 3.3 million fans who can’t wait to see her next move.

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Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio and has three siblings — Ashley, Tevin, and Adria. Biles was in and out of foster care as a child because her mother, Shanon Biles, was dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

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Katelyn Ohashi, Liz Cambage, Brooks Koepka and NFL stars such as Myles Garrett and the Eagles offensive line are featured in ESPN’s 2019 Body Issue. To see interviews, pictures, videos and more, visit our full 2019 gallery.

I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My mom used to say I did cartwheels in her stomach. I would never get out of the gym, and when I was at home I’d set up mini-tramps behind the couch and flip over them. It was so much fun.

I became an elite gymnast when I was 12 years old, and everything became less about me and what I wanted and more for everyone around me. The Olympics was the ultimate goal, but it was never my goal. It was put in front of me because of my talent, and my coaches kept pushing me toward it. I felt like I couldn’t give up because my family had made so many sacrifices. I became miserable. My voice was so suppressed. I still loved the sport, but the joy was diminished. I believed the medals were worth so much more than I was.

When I was 14, I started hearing comments about my weight: “You look like you swallowed an elephant.” “You look like a pig.” “Your face is three times the size it was this morning.” “You remind me of a bird that’s too big to fly.” People whose opinions I valued said this to me. My friends and I would try to eat 500 calories or less when we were training seven hours a day. At parties, we would go to the bathroom and try to vomit up the food.

We were never really educated on what to eat or why it’s important to eat a certain way. We were just told, “Don’t eat this” and “Don’t eat dinner.” I had a horrible relationship with food and didn’t really understand why I was supposed to hate it, but I loved it so much at the same time. It was so normalized because all the girls around me, my close friends, were doing the same thing. I didn’t have open communication with a lot of people. My mom would hide food for my brother that she didn’t want me to get into.

There were times I couldn’t even get through a floor routine because I was so exhausted. I would fall, and my coach would be like, “What’s wrong with you?” I’m like, “All I’ve had today are raspberries.” And they looked at me like it wasn’t an issue.

Gymnastics defined me. That’s all I did. I was home-schooled, I was pushed to win. Every gold medal, every international competition I won — that gave me my worth.

But then I got injured. I was 16 years old, right before my first senior competition, the American Cup in 2013, and my back started bothering me. It got worse and worse. It was like a vertebra was sticking out. By the time I got home — after winning the competition — I was in tears. My mom asked, “Aren’t you happy?” I was like, “No, I’m broken.” Mentally, physically, emotionally. My vertebrae were hitting each other and shifting. They told me I might never do gymnastics again. When I was coming back, about a year later, I tore my shoulder, so I had to get surgery for that as well. It was a full two years before I could step back onto the competition floor.

I was forced to back away from the sport, and it was such a relief because I had been so miserable for so long. Since quitting wasn’t an option, I thought maybe this injury was my way out. I didn’t want to go near the sport again. I felt like I didn’t know who I was.

It took a full year for me to miss gymnastics. That’s when I called Miss Val at UCLA. My teammate Madison Kocian had told me about her, and I decided to give her a chance. I started taking ownership of my path. I told her I didn’t want to do the Olympics anymore. I changed my path to college gymnastics and knew I wanted to go to UCLA. That’s what brought me back.

I finally found my passions outside of the sport. In elite, your full attention has to be on gymnastics. But in college, Miss Val really allowed us to express ourselves uniquely and find what drives us. She would take me to lunch and make a conscious decision to not talk about gymnastics. We’d talk about school, boys, whatever. And then if I brought up gymnastics, that was the only time it was acceptable to talk about it. We had nutritionists and trainers who worked with us on our bodies, which helped me realize why it’s so important to fuel it correctly. It created a better environment for me to accept my body and not be super weird about eating. I don’t prevent myself from eating anything. Once you release your mind, your body can relax and do what it’s supposed to do.

I got to have a full social experience, and I figured out that I’m really passionate about helping homeless people and figuring out why people stay in abusive relationships. I started writing and realized how much that saved me. I started a blog about what I’d learned in college. Then my friend and I decided to do a body-shaming series because we had both gone through it. We went through our personal experiences, and it blew up. It resonated with so many people, and they told us it helped them. I realized that not everyone was so open to share, and I kept pushing for hard topics that I had felt so alone with.

I have a skin condition called granuloma annulare. It covers my entire body. Some look like bruises; some are complete circles. It actually doesn’t affect me, but people are like, “What’s wrong with your stomach?” I used to feel ashamed. I didn’t like posting pictures in my swimsuit or showing my stomach. But now I feel like it’s important to show it because so many people try to hide it. Recently someone said, “I was able to take the bandage off my hand to show my granuloma because you inspired me.” That was such an amazing thing to hear. Why should we have to hide?

When my routine went viral in January, what stood out to people was that it was so joyful. People are so used to watching Olympic gymnastics, when you see more of the robotic, stiff gymnastics that is taken very, very seriously. But Miss Val comes from a dance background, and she teaches us how to perform and fully express ourselves. I think the routine went viral because it was so relatable and people could feel joy watching it. A crazy amount of people reached out. Athletes, but also Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gabrielle Union. Janet Jackson herself tweeted it. I never, ever could have imagined that. For the past two years, we’ve only heard negative things about gymnastics and how it’s abusive. But the sport isn’t abusive. It was the culture. That video put gymnastics in a different light, and people have been able to see the beautiful side of the sport.

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis two years ago. I feel like I’ve had symptoms for a really long time, and a lot of people say it’s caused by stress. I would never consider myself a stressed person, but the life I was put into since I was a little girl was extremely stressful. I went through things I never let myself feel fully. When I was diagnosed, I blamed myself a lot because I felt like I could have prevented it if I had been less stressed and had taken more ownership.

Doing the Body Issue is important because I’m able to take full ownership over my body and not allow anyone else to have power over how I feel about myself. I feel really accepting of the things I used to be insecure about. I have gone through eating disorders and body shaming, and here I am today standing naked in front of a camera doing this shoot for millions of people to see.

THIN LINE
An original poem by Katelyn Ohashi
A line of dots following a pattern but one stands out,
it’s clearly an outlier that’s direction needs to reroute.
alienated and put to the side in order to not be seen,
studied through a screen,
thinking that maybe if we can match a name to it, we’ll all suddenly become immune like any vaccine.
experiencing anything that isn’t explained or doesn’t belong to the majority will make you alone,
and anyone who wants to stay “normal” will hide in order to not be shown.
the outlying dots were marked on my skin,
to remind me that being different is no longer sin.
these marks are the reminders of everyone fighting around.
the ones that are no longer seen because they were cast down.
the ones that aren’t lost just never wanted to be found.
and the ones that just needed someone else to make a sound.
multiple mediums where too many negative energies can surface.
as if not commenting the hurtful message would somehow be doing a disservice.
each time my skin sheds away making more room to grow.
not to make room for anyone else but to let my own true colors show.
proud of who I am and what my body reveals,
no longer am I concerned about who it appeals.
too thin, too fat,
but it’s not anyone else’s job to decide all that.
having a voice loud enough blocks everyone else out,
but when there’s that lingering doubt every compliment received will go unnoticed like a drought.
amour de soi is the only natural form of self-love.
once that’s reached, nothing will rise above.
we weren’t meant to have it all, but make the best out of what we have every single day.
I’m proud of my body and all its imperfections, that’s all I have to say.

Viral UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi struggled with eating disorders throughout her career. Now she’s become a champion of self-acceptance.

  • Former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi went viral in January after her infectiously joyous floor routine won over the hearts of millions.
  • But now that she has put her gymnastics career behind her, Ohashi told Insider she is shifting her focus to what comes next — and by the sound of it, there’s a lot on her radar.
  • Since graduating from UCLA, Ohashi has won the Best Play award at the 2019 ESPYs, posed for Gatorade’s 2020 Beat the Heat calendar, and appeared on the cover of ESPN’s “The Body Issue.”
  • Ohashi told Insider that she has also begun writing books about self-acceptance.
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Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi went viral in January after her flawless, infectiously joyous floor routine won over the hearts of millions of people who watched her earn a perfect 10 for the sixth time in her collegiate career.

But now that she has graduated from UCLA and put her gymnastics career behind her, the former Olympic hopeful is shifting her focus to what comes next — and, by the sound of it, there’s a lot on her radar.

“I think it’s so cool because the world is literally my oyster,” Ohashi told Insider. “Now I get to experience all of these things outside of gymnastics, which consumed 19 years of my life. I absolutely love it to death, but I want to grow and learn about everything else that I’m passionate about and experience new things.”

Katelyn Ohashi performs a routine on the balance beam. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Read more: UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi stunned judges and broke the internet with a flawless, Jackson 5-inspired floor routine that earned a perfect 10

The 22-year-old Seattle native had long aspired to reach the Olympics. Ohashi competed alongside Simone Biles, even defeating the Olympic champion at her competitive peak. But injuries and a harmful relationship with her body got in the way.

“That girl that you would think had it all — all these medals in her room or podiums she’s standing on — she felt like she had nothing,” Ohashi said in a 2018 video she collaborated on with The Players’ Tribune.

Ohashi tore both of her shoulders and fractured her back in the course of competition, and doctors were uncertain that she would be able to return to elite-level gymnastics. Katelyn Ohashi smiles during a floor routine. AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg

Katelyn Ohashi on the 2019 ESPYS red carpet. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

But the pain extended beyond the grueling physical toll that the sport was taking on her. Ohashi explained that she had developed an unhealthy mentality surrounding exercise and her body image, and eventually began to fall out of love with gymnastics altogether.

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“Fans would tell her she wasn’t good enough, she didn’t look a certain way,” Ohashi narrated in The Players’ Tribune video. “She wanted to eat junk food and feel okay the next day. She would constantly exercise after a meal just to feel good enough to go to bed.”

“I was broken,” she added.

Ohashi made the difficult decision to forego her Olympic ambitions, dropping down from the elite level with the hopes of competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

She enrolled at UCLA in 2015, and that season she was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times. By the time her collegiate career came to a close, Ohashi had won two national championships. But, more importantly, her love of gymnastics and love for her own body had returned.

Ohashi told Insider that she is now hoping to pass along the lessons she learned over the course of her gymnastics career to people of all ages through a number of projects that she has already begun to embark on. Ohashi posed nude for the final edition of ESPN’s “The Body Issue,” which was released on September 4, and spoke at length about her pursuit of self-love.

Katelyn Ohashi’s cover for the 2019 ESPN “Body Issue.” Dana Scruggs/ESPN

“I feel really accepting of the things I used to be insecure about,” she told ESPN. “I have gone through eating disorders and body shaming, and here I am today doing this shoot for millions of people to see.”

Additionally, she teamed up with the likes of Peyton Manning, Serena Williams, and J.J. Watt for Gatorade’s 2020 Beat the Heat calendar, a campaign promoting hydration in sport that Ohashi said has transcended its initial focus.

“I think the diversity they picked is really cool,” Ohashi told Insider. “They chose different athletes from a variety of sports who have different types of bodies. It’s a super diverse campaign that I’m really excited to be a part of. I feel like it’s more than just a hydration campaign.”

Katelyn Ohashi’s Gatorade 2020 Beat the Heat calendar photo. Gatorade

Ohashi also has plans to explicitly address her struggle for self-acceptance through a pair of upcoming writing projects.

“I’ve been working on an activism and poetry book for a while now,” Ohashi said. “And I got another idea to do a children’s book, so I started writing that recently. I’m trying to touch on all these different aspects that you run into growing up because, at times, we’re so confused. I want to talk about how to adapt and internalize things that you’re going through and get a different perspective.”

Katelyn Ohashi competes at the 2019 Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championship in April. Timothy Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

While she graduated from UCLA in June, Ohashi told Insider that she’s still adapting to life after gymnastics. Luckily for her, the viral routine from January has undoubtedly altered the course of her post-college plans.

“Who had any idea that one gymnastics video would change my life?” Ohashi said. “I wanted to leave this year with a big bang, and I would say I did a decent job of that. Now I’m not extremely stressed about trying to find a job out of college, which is amazing.”

“I get to have fun with all these opportunities and get to work with amazing people. I hope this can continue for as long as I want it to.”

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