Proud2Bme | What Olympian Shawn Johnson Learned from Being Bodysnarked

What Olympian Shawn Johnson Learned from Being Bodysnarked

How many teens win Olympic gold medals? Shawn Johnson did. But her impressive accomplishments didn't stop the tabloids from picking on her weight. Bodysnarking taught Shawn an important lesson...

"At my heaviest all the tabloids said some pretty hurtful things," said Shawn, who made the mistake of Googling herself and found pages of articles snarking on her weight gain.

"That whole process kind of broke me down and taught me something," Johnson said Monday at the Olympic Media Summit. "People put too much emphasis on looks."

Shawn, 20 is aiming to go back to compete in the Olympic games this summer. And she's speaking about her experience in the hopes that it will get people talking about how bodysnarking--and the pursuit of perfection--is stopping girls and young women from owning their awesomeness.

"We're taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you're never perfect and that you're never good enough," she said. "You find your worth in someone else and what they say just from having looked at you. It's hard. I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image. I doubted what I looked like. That's sad. Girls should be taught different than that. I think everyone should be taught different than that."


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