Mexican Gymnast Alexa Moreno Body-Shamed During Olympics but Twitter Comes to Her Defense


Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno kicked major ass at the Rio Olympics, but instead of focusing on her talent, body-shamers of the Internet came out to criticize the young competitor’s cuerpo. Luckily, their cruel remarks were quickly overshadowed by words of encouragement from more supportive Twitter users.

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Moreno, 22, competed in the uneven bars, floor exercise, beam and vault discipline at the artistic gymnastics qualifications, coming in at 31st.

Instead of being applauded for an amazing accomplishment in an area where mexicanas are underrepresented, Twitter users diminished her skill, saying she was only there to "fulfill the quota," and bashed her body, with one comparing her to an animated image of a pig and another saying she’s the size of two gymnasts.

Those tweets, many of them later deleted, were soon drowned by more positive ones.




As for Moreno, well, she’s always been inspiring. "Gymnastics is a sport that requires you to have it all: flexibility, coordination, strength, velocity," she said in an interview with Americas Now on CCTV last month. "Gymnastics is a sport for brave people. You need to be dedicated, have a strong will, and lots of persistency. I won’t stop until I have reached my goals."

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We’re hoping the badass mexicana keeps this attitude, because we want to see her again.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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