Lindsey Vonn shuts down body-shamers with unfiltered bikini photos: 'I'm not a size zero'

October 24, 2020

Lindsey Vonn is shutting down body-shamers with a positive message.

The retired ski racer took to Instagram to share several photos of her “strong” body in colorful bikinis.

"I've posted quite a few swimsuit pics lately, which is scarier than it seems. Even as an athlete there are ruthless comments and media stories that tear apart my body and I admit it sometimes hurts me," the 36-year-old began.

"I'm a normal person and sometimes I slouch, my stomach folds over, my cellulite shows on my butt, or I don’t fill out my swimsuit top just right," she continued.

However, instead of letting those negative comments get to her, she commended her body for all that it has accomplished.

"But, I always remember how my body has helped me achieve amazing things in my life and I am proud of how strong I am," she added.

“I'm not a size zero and that’s perfectly fine with me,” the former Olympian pointed out to her nearly 2 million Instagram followers.

Vonn promised that all of the photos she shares are completely unfiltered.

“One thing I can promise all of you is that I never Photoshop my photos and am proud to officially never had any plastic surgery of any kind. No Botox, no fillers, no mini surgeries. Literally nothing,” she said, adding that she was “100% natural and 100% Lindsey.”

She concluded by giving some words of advice to anyone feeling self-conscious: “love yourself no matter what the haters say.”

Vonn has been an outspoken advocate for body acceptance ever since being thrust into the spotlight for the 2010 Winter Olympics and learning firsthand the toll it can take on your self-esteem. She encourages other celebrities to accept their bodies. Last year, she praised Demi Lovato for posting an unedited bikini photo, writing, “Yes!!! Don’t be ashamed!! Be proud!!!”

Earlier this year, a photo of Billie Eilish sans her usual baggy attire surfaced prompting her fans to shut down the body-shaming comments as “harmful” and “shameful.”

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