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A Mexican Gymnast Who Was Body-Shamed During The 2016 Olympics Just Qualified For The 2020 Games

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.

Since her 2016 days, Moreno has become the first Mexican woman gymnast to medal at a world championship.

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????‍♂️ día con día tengo una meta.

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In 2018, Moreno took home her first bronze medal win at the world gymnastics championships. Competing in Doha, Qatar, Moreno won a bronze medal in vault. Her 14.508 point win put her less than point behind U.S. gymnastics champion Simone Biles.

Last week, Moreno officially nailed the opportunity to represent Mexico at the 2020 Olympic team.

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After coming in third for the vault in a competition at Stuttgart, Germany, Moreno qualified to represent her country at the Olympics.

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Latina Chef and TV Personality Alejandra Ramos Is Tired of Getting Racist, Sexist Body-Shaming Comments From Viewers

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Latina Chef and TV Personality Alejandra Ramos Is Tired of Getting Racist, Sexist Body-Shaming Comments From Viewers

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As a woman on the planet, we’re often subject to unwanted comments about our bodies. Often, people cloak their comments in “concern”. We may be “giving people the wrong idea” or “distracting” others with the way our bodies look. And if you’re a woman of color, as TV chef Alejandra Ramos writes, this criticism is more intense.

As a woman of color, people often fetishize and other-ize our bodies. Clothing that might be appropriate and “normal” on a white body becomes downright dangerous on yours. This is especially true if you are more curvaceous.

On Tueday, chef and TODAY show contributor Alejandra Ramos wrote an emotional piece venting her frustration at the body-shaming comments viewers make about her body.

The comments Alejandra Ramos receives often have both sexual and racialized undertones. After a successful TODAY show segment where Ramos presented a fun recipe on sheet pancakes, her feelings of accomplishment were quickly dampened by negative feedback she got about the way her body looks on camera.

“I’m sure NBC execs were frowning during the segment,” someone tweeted at her. “Suggest you wear more appropriate attire next time you appear on a U.S. channel, especially when you appear on a premiere show like Today. I want to see more of your recipes on air with a little less of your figure.”

And this hateful comment was just one of many racist, body-shaming comments that Alejandra Ramos received from disgruntled viewers.

Ramos received a myriad of other racist, body-shaming criticisms about her appearance. “You are not working in Spanish television where women’s fashion is more revealing than American,” said another person. “Do we have to look at your body?” wrote someone else.

The issue, apparently, was the dress that Ramos was wearing: a flowing, citrus-orange A-line dress with a V-neck that revealed some of her décolletage.

These criticisms stand out because they have overt racist and sexist undertones. These critics highlighted the fact that Alejandra Ramos was other–a Latina in a white space.

“The real issue was that, as a vibrant, curvy, Latina woman, I was thriving and being celebrated in a space that rarely makes room for people who look like me,” wrote Ramos on a powerful op-ed for TODAY.

Ramos explained in her op-ed that people have made negative, racialized comments about her body not only throughout her career, but throughout her life.

“I was always darker, curvier, chubbier and frizzier than everyone else around me,” she explained. By the time she was 11-years-old, adults were making negative comments about her body, sexualizing her, telling her to “cover up”.

“Sometimes the comments do come from a good place, however misguided”, Ramos wrote, “but more often than not, they’re words of control and racism.”

“Styles, outfits and body shapes that are praised and celebrated on white bodies are judged differently on people of color.”

Ramos revealed that a white, thinner friend of hers wore an almost identical dress to hers in a different cooking segment and got none of the body-hate that Ramos did.

Luckily, instead of withering under the criticism, Ramos is using it as an opportunity to thrive. By showing up in her curvaceous, Latina body with pride, Ramos is showing other women and young girls of color that their bodies are normal and worthy.

“To the woman who wrote to me after my segment: I know that kids are watching — and I’m glad they are,” she concluded her op-ed. “I hope many of them are girls like I once was, and that seeing me on TV makes them realize that no matter what anyone says to them, they are good and valued and worthy of anything they dream of.”

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UCLA’s Star Gymnast Nia Dennis Stuns In Excellently BLACK Floor Routine

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UCLA’s Star Gymnast Nia Dennis Stuns In Excellently BLACK Floor Routine

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.

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