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Aly Raisman Feels “Confident and Happy” in a Bikini—And It Shows

Aly Raisman Feels “Confident and Happy” in a Bikini—And It Shows: Alex Livesey / Getty

Alex Livesey / Getty

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has three gold medals, but not all of her achievements happen while she’s wearing a leotard. She’s featured in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and in the sneak peek released last week, she models a black bikini. She told Yahoo how much she loved the photo shoot, saying, “It was such an empowering feeling to be so confident and happy with the way I looked. I work so hard for the body that I have and believe that all women should embrace how beautiful they are, no matter their body type.”

The 22-year-old athlete revealed that she hasn’t been reading her social media comments since posting the photo, because she doesn’t want to see anything hurtful. She’s proud of her work with Sports Illustrated, so she’d rather ignore the trolls and focus on her own happiness. “When I’m happy, it doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is that you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with who you are as a person. If you’re a kind person, that’s far more important than being a certain size or number on the scale.”

It’s easy to see why trolls could be jealous of Aly’s success, and that’s really the only imaginable reason for criticizing her. She is breathtaking in that bikini pic, despite the fact that she’s on a break from training. Raisman’s gymnastic skills made America look good at the Olympics, and her body looks damn good in a bikini. This is a woman who deserves only compliments.

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