Alicia Sacramone sat down with Romper, and talked about positive body image for the next generation of gymnasts.
“This sport is very opinionated, so people have no problem telling you ‘that leotard doesn’t look good on you,'” Sacramone tells me during a discussion about her latest project, Purina’s Roll Over For Hunger campaign. “As a young girl it’s hard because you’re taking that criticism personally. I think it affected me for a long time.”
“Wearing spandex as a teenager in front of a billion people is tough,” she told the magazine. “I’d look in the mirror before a competition and think ‘I hope i don’t look fat.'” She noted, however, that she learned to appreciate her body more after retiring from the sport in January 2013.