Gold-medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman is baring it all — physically and emotionally.
The Olympian posed completely nude with words of empowerment like “survivor,” “trust yourself” and “abuse is never okay” painted on her body — just weeks after testifying against disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused her and more than 260 other women.
“I think everyone goes through really hard times and I’ve decided to be so honest about what I went through because the tough times are very hard to talk about and they are uncomfortable but they are equally as important into shaping us as the good times,” Raisman, 23, told Sports Illustrated as part of its new “In Her Own Words” campaign.
She told Sports Illustrated that hopefully someday society could accept that women do not need “to be modest to be respected.”
“I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you,” Raisman said. “We are free to draw confidence and happiness in our own way, and it is never for someone else to choose for us or to even judge us for that matter.”
Raisman joins models Sailor Brinkley Cook, Paulina Porizkova and Robyn Lawley as part of the “In Her Own Words” campaign.
“For me, ‘In Her Own Words’ serves as a reminder that we are all humans, we are all battling something, and it is OK to not be OK,” Raisman continued. “We are not alone and we need each other.”
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On her journey of empowerment, Raisman has also teamed with clothing brand Aerie in its #AerieReal campaign, which encourages tolerance, acceptance and body positivity.
The athlete gave heartbreaking testimony in court on Jan. 19, detailing the abuse she endured at the hands of Nassar. She previously revealed that Nassar would touch her inappropriately and make her feel uncomfortable.
In three separate cases, the pervert was sentenced to up to 360 years in prison.