In 2016, when 22-year-old Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno competed at the Olympic Games in Rio it wasn’t her impeccable skills as an athlete that many focused on. The Olympic competitor took on a feat that few have the chance to do by turning up to the Olympics and place in 31st place that the competition. But critics ignored her impressive skills on the uneven bars, the floor, vault, and beam and instead drilled into her for her body type. According to Today, one user on Twitter at the time wrote of her attendance at the Games saying “Alexa Moreno has the body of two gymnasts, a diet before going to Rio would have been good.”
Three years later, the now 25-year-old athlete has shrugged off nasty comments and is back in the Olympic games, haters be damned.
UCLA senior Nia Dennis is back with the big tricks again!
The fantastic graduate put on a majestic floor routine over the weekend with a spectacular mashup of music from Black artists. The star gymnast’s exciting and powerful performance reigned in a massive volume of over 8 million views on Twitter.
Nia’s floor routine earned her a near-perfect 9.95 score.
The powerful routine paid tribute to Black Excellence and took only 90 seconds to stun. Featuring mega artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Megan Thee Stallion, and 2Pac. Speaking about the routine Nia explained to NBC that she really wanted her routine to “shine light on Black culture and bring it into the gymnastics world, and that’s what I feel like I did.”
It’s not the first time Nia’s floor routine has made people lose their ahe ahe breath.
The gymnast from the University of California Los Angeles stole the show last spring in March when she did a performance to Beyoncé’s best hits.
The Beyoncé fan took on songs like “Crazy In Love” and “Ego” during her routine.
During her routine, the college junior mashed up several of Beyoncé’s beloved classics including “Lose My Breath” and “Crazy in Love.” She nailed and hit every spin and flip she set out to do with the confidence of Queen Bey and the perfection of an actual queen. Dennis finished the routine by pantomiming a crown on her head.
In the end, Dennis scored a 9.975 for her routine– which is close to a perfect score.
Naturally, Bey fans were thrilled over the gymnast’s routine and her routine has quickly gone viral.
Cardi B, once again, took to Instagram to combat the neverending stream of trolls who are trying to tear her down.
Earlier this month, some unflattering photos of Cardi made the rounds on the internet, prompting people to publicly bully her for her looks. The unflattering photos showed her makeup-free, her hoodie up, appearing to be shopping at her local Target.
Cardi was hone too pleased with the photos. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she shared a side-by-side photos of the viral picture next to the original one. The viral picture was noticeably photo-shopped to make her face look less attractive and her behind look more exaggerated.
In a lengthy Instagram caption, Cardi condemned the internet bullies, calling out people for sharing photoshopped pictures on their platforms for clicks and likes.
“It’s the fact that people try to photoshop my face and body to post on their platform so people can bash me and make me feel down on my appearance on purpose….and the fact this a paparazzi picture from months ago,” she wrote.
She also added a note in her comments calling out the hypocriy of some of the female bullies who otherwise claim to be all about “supporting women” and “female empowerment”.
“And the sad sh– is,” she said. “That the people that be doing these rumors and be trying to make people bash me about my looks are WOMEN!”
Ironically enough, the shopping session that Cardi was papped at was allegedly dedicated to her buying $5,000 worth of gifts for children in need in the upcoming holiday season. The photos were from December 2019.
This isn’t the first time Cardi has publicly clapped back at body-shamers and online haters. In June, she was also the target of internet harassers who were criticizing her for gaining weight during quarantine.
At the time, Cardi posted a response video to Instagram joking that she “gained a little weight” but had “lipo money”, so the haters didn’t bother her. And in the past, it seems that haters never have bothered her.
Cardi has always been transparent about her willingness to go under the knife in order to alter her appearance.
But she’s always expressed her frustration at the catch-22 that comes with plastic surgery. “I feel like women constantly body shame me. They wanna be like: your body’s mad fake. You got fake boobs, you got a fake ass,” she said in a 2017 interview with HOT 97.
“And it’s just like: if you love your body so much, then why are you mad that I have a fake body? Maybe I didn’t really like my body. Does it bother you that I didn’t like my prior body and I wanted to get it fixed? People is never happy.”
But as always, Cardi considers success the best form of revenge. She promised that the haters are going to be especially mad in the next months, seeing as she has a project in the works that will “make a sick soul nauseous”.
If her new project comes anything close to the success she’s had recently, we’re 100% here for it.