Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman made her debut appearance in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit edition this year, and in it talked extensively about the subject of body image. At different points in their lives both Aly Raisman and Simone Biles were told their bodies weren’t right for gymnastics.

“There was a time when both of us were told our body fat percentage was off. I was a lot more self conscious about it when I was younger…it’s something we’ve both worked hard on so it didn’t hold us back.”

She explained that featuring in the swimsuit edition was a way of her sharing her mission with a larger audience. The recently released behind-the-scenes footage of Aly’s shoot in Sports Illustrated stands testimony to all the effort that had gone into making it happen.   For The Win