You most likely acknowledge 21 12 months outdated Katelyn Ohashi for her gorgeous gymnastics routine that went viral final week.
Her poise, her energy, the pure pleasure she completely exudes with each transfer, had everybody from littles to grandmas sharing her video with no different caption wanted than, “Flawless.”
In case you missed it, you’ll be able to see it proper right here:
See what I imply? Flawless.
So after I noticed that Ohashi was going to be interviewed by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, I couldn’t wait to tune in to be taught a little bit bit extra about this fabulous athlete, each as a Fb consumer who noticed Ohashi’s video move by in my feed all week lengthy and as a mother who needs to indicate my youngsters what robust girls are able to engaging in.
What I noticed after I tuned in, although, was one thing else completely.
Ohashi and her coach did speak in regards to the arduous work and perseverance it takes to be on a nationwide group on the age of 12; depart the limelight of the game; after which debut again (on the UCLA gymnastics group) with such a giant splash.
However that subject, was simply the tip of the iceberg.
What Ohashi did delve into — completely — was her battle towards physique shamers. She mentioned:
“I used to be physique shamed loads. On the fitness center. Within the fitness center. On social media. You’ll be able to’t get away from that.”
A fast Google seek for “physique shaming” yields 20,500,000 outcomes, shocking precisely nobody.
Actresses together with Kelly Ripa, Gal Gadot, and Kelly Clarkson have all advised their physique shaming tales.
However to listen to a younger athlete talk about her personal expertise with physique shamers is actually a reminder that whereas we’ve come far, there’s nonetheless a lot work to do.
And what I cherished greatest about Ohashi’s tackle this subject is that she modeled doing this work in its easiest and most doable type.
That is what you are able to do to battle physique shaming at present:
- Inform your tales.
- Take heed to and share different’s tales.
- Name out physique shaming whenever you see it and listen to it in particular person and on-line.
Ohashi elevated that very first step by telling her story by way of a fantastically written and empowering poem on GMA.
Her phrases are under.
Learn them and share them with the individuals you’re keen on.
Our youngest of ladies need to see Ohashi’s flawless efficiency and phrases within the title of a robust lady inspiring a brand new era of robust women who’ve precisely no time for physique shamers.
They’re too busy slaying.
Self Hatred Good Byes
By viral gymnast Katelyn Ohashi
I’ve been consumed with the thought that larger is synonymous to lower than,
That solely these individuals with the proper our bodies have the suitable to face.
However right here at present, I stand.
With a love that penetrates deeper than any wedding ceremony band.
As a result of I’m my very own dimension.
And no phrases or judgemental stares will make me compromise.
For the bittersweet satisfaction that lays inside my eyes and my thighs,
I lastly acquired my cake, and ate it, too.
For my very own self delight
And at present, my self hatred says its good byes.