Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Twitter Jumps To Defense Of Mexican Gymnast Who Was Body-Shamed

Alexa Moreno is a gymnast who competed in the qualifying rounds for Mexico during the 2016 Rio Olympics, whose body is capable of seriously amazing things, yet Twitter trolls still managed to find reasons to shame her. 

Moreno competed in the uneven bars, floor exercise, beam and vault, finishing 31st all-around.

Seriously. Look at her go. 

Still, some people decided to tweet about the 22-year-old’s appearance instead of her amazing accomplishments, as BuzzFeed points out. Luckily, other Twitter users came to her defense. 

Athlete Diego Reyes tweeted, “Felicidades a #AlexaMoreno por su gran participación en las olimpiadas!Una razón más de sentirnos orgullosos a pesar de todas las críticas” which translates to, ”Congratulations to #AlexaMoreno for your great participation in the Olympics! One more reason to be proud despite all the criticism .” 

Felicidades a #AlexaMoreno por su gran participación en las olimpiadas!Una razón más de sentirnos orgullosos a pesar de todas las críticas

— Diego Reyes (@Diego_Reyes13) August 8, 2016

Proud of Mexican gymnast #AlexaMoreno who on top of being an olympian, has to endure degrading comments. You inspire

— Yogini Lourdes R (@InnerPowerYoga1) August 9, 2016

I’d love to see anyone body-shaming Alexa Moreno do that badass floor routine she pulled off. She’s a tremendous athlete and cute as can be.

— Calli (@CalliFugate) August 9, 2016

I’d love to see all the asshats body shaming #AlexaMoreno try to compete in the olympics #GetItGirl #YoudoYou

— Sydney Michelle (@sydneys413) August 9, 2016

Gracias por tu esfuerzo, talento y dedicación. Gracias por ser tú. Nos sentimos orgullosos. #AlexaMoreno

— Dove México (@Dove_Mex) August 8, 2016

Dove Mexico’s tweet translates to, “Thank you for your effort, talent and dedication. Thank you for being you. We feel proud. #AlexaMoreno.” 

#AlexaMoreno is just as beautiful and amazing as any athlete on those mats. Don’t hate, #celebrate

— Brenda Patterson (@Saiya_Taicho) August 9, 2016

Beautiful, strong & amazing athlete giving us her best, Thank you #AlexaMoreno #MEX #Mexico loves you

— Ili billy (@IcoryBu) August 9, 2016

No doubt, Moreno ― who studies architecture in her spare time and hopes to build her own work-out facility ― is a role model for many reasons

“Gymnastics is a sport for strong people,” she told CCTV in July. “You need to be dedicated, have a strong will and lots of persistency. I don’t stop until I have reached my goals … You need to believe in yourself and fight to be able to do things no one has ever done before.” 

You tell ‘em, girl. 

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