As she showed off a behind-the-scenes look, the 22-year-old gymnast wrote about her past experience with body acceptance.
Aly wrote, “New @reebok campaign coming soon for the new shoe #ZPrint ….can’t believe this is my life now. this photo hasn’t been retouched or photoshopped in ANY way. Just a good insta filter and hard work ;) This photo is for any girl (gymnast) that’s ever been told by the boys in her class that her muscles are weird because she’s stronger than anyone else.”
“I used to get so upset when I was in 5th grade because all the boys in my class teased me for being too strong :( Now I can’t imagine not looking this way because I wouldn’t be as good of a gymnast. My hard work and dedication to gymnastics has taught me to be proud of my body and all the hard work that goes into being fit and strong (mentally and physically) #loveyourself #WeAreAllBeautifulInOurOwnWay :)”
We love her message!
You can see images from Aly‘s older Reebok campaign below.