Shawn Johnson steps out for the Dove #mybeautymysay billboard launch event in Times Square on Wednesday morning (July 27) in New York City.
The 24-year-old athlete teamed up with the beauty brand for the campaign, which aims to stop sexist media commentary of female athletes.
“I feel like our world today is pushing beauty over athleticism for young girls,” Shawn recently shared. “I want to be an advocate to change that.”
She added, “I don’t care if people critique me. I want you to, but I want you to critique my performance. If you say my backflip wasn’t high enough, I can either [disagree] and say it was, or I can go home and work on it. If I do a backflip and you say, ‘Well, you just aren’t pretty enough,’ there’s nothing I can do with that. It’s a helpless feeling.”
Shawn is also pictured at SiriusXM just the day before.
Dove | Dear media: An athlete’s beauty is her say #MyBeautyMySay
“2008 Olympic Team Reunion! We miss you Alicia,” Nastia wrote on Instagram, giving a shout out to Alicia Sacramore Quinn, who is expecting her first child with NFL quarterback Brady Quinn and was unable to make the event.
Shawn Johnson makes a grand entrance during the Jaguar Landrover Challenge wheelchair rugby match during the 2016 Invictus Games Orlando held at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Wednesday (May 11) in Kissimmee, Fla.
Teams consisted of three celebrities, one celebrity team manager, wheelchair rugby players, and one wheelchair rugby coach each.
The day started off with an early morning training program where the celebrity participants joined the experienced players to learn the ins-and-outs of Wheelchair Rugby. This was the first opportunity for the celebrity participants to meet each other, become adjusted to their personalized wheelchairs and join fellow supporters in learning the stories behind their co-players experiences as veterans and wounded warriors.
The Invictus Games are the international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill and injured servicemen and servicewomen, both serving and Veteran. The Invictus Games 2016 highlights 500 competitors from 14 nations compete in 10 sports.
The 24-year-old athletes tied the knot on Saturday afternoon (April 16) during an intimate ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. Shawn wore a stunning Olia Zavozina gown.
Shawn and Andrew were surrounded by family and friends, including Shawn‘s Olympic teammate Nastia Liukin and her fiance, Matt Lombardi, and Kansas City Chief’s teammates Dustin Colquitt and Nick Williams.
“It just got real… @shawnjohnson #marriagelicense,” Andrew shared on his Instagram just the day before with a super excited Shawn by his side.
Nastia wrote to Shawn earlier, “I can’t wait to watch you become Mr. & Mrs. East today… HAPPY WEDDING DAY!!!”
The 24-year-old Olympian and her football player husband-to-be will tie the knot this weekend with their friends and family surrounding them.
Speaking with People ahead of her nuptials, Shawn dished that she was a bit overwhelmed by wedding planning: “I’m feeling a little overwhelmed because you never realize how many small details crop up so close to the wedding. Seating arrangements, trying to find ceremony music, picking up favor bags, writing cards.”
She added about Andrew, “Everything is right about him! The more I wasn’t trying to impress him by being that celebrity girl or Olympic gymnast, but was just my weird, awkward self, the more he loved me. And it just became more and more comfortable.”
Shawn and Andrew are still planning one more date before their “I Do”s: “We’re going to start distancing ourselves from one another before the wedding but we want to go on one last date night as boyfriend and girlfriend to build the excitement for this weekend.”
The 24-year-old Olympian, and soon-to-be bride, will debut her first novel, “The Flip Side” in June!
“I am beyond excited to share ‘The Flip Side’ with teen readers! Working with Simon & Schuster on this story brought back so many amazing memories of my teenage years, training for the Olympics, and everything it entails,” Shawn shared in a statement.
Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, “The Flip Side” features high school sophomore Charlie Ryland and her secret quest to become one of the best gymnasts on the planet. Charlie may seem like your average high school teen—but she’s just really good at pretending. Outside of school, Charlie spends all her waking hours training and is determined to keep her double life under wraps.
“The Flip Side” will hit shelves on June 7th, just as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are getting started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.