Chrissy Tiegen raved about Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman when they met up to do an interview at a Sports Illustrated event in Houston, saying, “You brought home some medals for us. We owe a lot to you, and now you’ve been kind enough to grace us with that amazing ass. You look incredible in the magazine, like absolutely bonkers, strong, confident, amazing, beautiful woman.”

Watch Raisman pose in several tiny swimsuits in this behind-the-scenes video:

@alyraisman sizzles in #SISwim 🔥🔥🔥

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Raisman told Tiegen she was surprised how comfortable she felt posing for the magazine. “It was one of my favorite days of my life—I’m not just saying that—because I felt so confident, so strong, so feminine, and it’s an incredible feeling, because I feel like a couple of years ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it.” See the full interview here.

Raisman has faced criticism from some of her fans for baring so much skin during the shoot, but she isn’t taking it personally. While she originally planned to ignore the negativity, she addressed the issue on Twitter this week:

We fully support Raisman’s right to express herself in every way she sees fit, especially when it involves a sassy shimmy in a mini-dress:

One of my favorite dress up looks 😊@jonathansimkhai @shopbop

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