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Style Simone Biles says she’s ‘done competing’ when it comes to beauty standards

05:00  14 february  2020
05:00  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Olympic gymnastics star Simone Biles says she is " done competing vs. beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling." Simone Biles is done competing against impossible beauty standards . The Olympic gymnastics superstar wrote in a candid Instagram post Wednesday about the toll that

She says it ’ s a competition that she didn’t sign up for. “ Beauty , when did it become a competition ,” Biles posed for her 4 million Instagram followers. “I don’t Know why but others feel as though they can define your own beauty based on their standards ” she shared admitting that those ideologies

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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has hit back at body shamers in a new Instagram post.

Despite being one of the world’s most decorated gymnasts, 22-year-old Biles shared that she’s not immune to feeling pressure when it comes to unrealistic expectations about her appearance.

In a lengthy note that she shared on Instagram, Biles detailed what has become “almost a daily challenge” for her.

Simone Biles with pink hair looking at the camera: US gymnast Simone Biles (Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard US gymnast Simone Biles (Getty Images)

“In gymnastics, as in many other professions, there is a growing competition that has nothing to do with performance itself,” she began. “I’m talking about beauty. I don’t know why, but others feel as though they can define your own beauty based on their standards.”

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Biles then wrote that she recognizes that there are many others going through the same thing, and she ’ s taking a stand against judgment “Today, I say I am done competing VS. beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling when others feel as though their expectations are not met,” she wrote.

Simone Biles Shares Why She ' s " Done Competing " with Other People's Beauty Standards . Continuing her post, Biles shared why today's unattainable standards of beauty are so problematic "Today, I say I am done competing [with] beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling when

Biles, who became a household name during the 2016 Olympics when she won both individual gold medals and a gold medal as part of the USA women’s team, noted that she’s put on a brave face in the past. 

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“I’ve learned to put on a strong front and let most of it slide. But I’d be lying if I told you that what people say about my arms, my legs, my body … of how I look like in a dress, leotard, bathing suit or even in casual pants hasn’t gotten me down at times,” she continued.

“As I think about it, I don’t have to look very far to see how common this judgment has become. I’m tired of everything in life being turned into a competition, so I am standing up for myself and for everyone else that has gone through the same.”

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Simone Biles is raising her voice about unrealistic beauty expectations and competition in society. In conjunction with her new partnership with skin With that declaration, she added that she is " done competing VS. beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling when others feel as though their

When it comes to professional sports, competition is an essential part of the game. But when the chalk settles, the lights dim, and she ' s off the floor, the last thing Biles wants to compete against are unrealistic beauty standards perpetuated by the media and beauty industry—a competition that's

Simone Biles holding a sign posing for the camera: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard Olympic gymnast Simone Biles attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Biles then called for an end of the constant comparison and criticism, stating, “Today, I say I am done competing VS. beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling when others feel as though their expectations are not met … because nobody should tell you or I what beauty should or should not look like.”

The gymnast's emotional post was in partnership with prestige skin care brand, SK II, who teamed up with Olympic athletes to change the conversation around beauty standards.

Simone Biles et al. on a court: USA gymnast Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympics. (Jeremy Selwyn) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited USA gymnast Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympics. (Jeremy Selwyn)

But this is far from the first time the gymnast, who plans to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, has spoken out about the pressure she’s faced. In her 2016 autobiography, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, Biles detailed her experiences with body shaming.

In 2016, she also shared with People, “It’s hard growing up in a sport where you compete with very little clothing on your body and everyone is staring at [your body],” she said.

“No matter how good you are at the sport, people will always say you don’t look good enough,” Biles added, noting that she and her other 2016 Olympic teammates had experienced similar incidents of being body-shamed. “It just taught me to rise above and to love my body no matter what.

Simone Biles says she’s ‘done competing’ when it comes to beauty standards .
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