I’m an ordinary woman who aimed for the extraordinary.
I never thought I was extraordinary nor beautiful. I was bullied in school which undermined my confidence and made me very shy and self conscious. But then, when I started doing sports in my teenage years, I felt like I finally found what I was meant to do. I started to build my confidence back up and to feel like a belonged. I felt better in my body; I felt strong, powerful and in control for once. I trained hard, made sacrifices and it payed off. Yes, I look different in a dress or a bikini but I now think I am beautiful and I love the way I look because these muscles are what made me an olympic athlete. Training and competing are what drive me. I’m so lucky because I get to be outside, amongst nature, all day every day and that’s what makes me smile. (This is also why I started eating plant based foods and making more sustainable choices : we need to protect the environment <3 )
I decided to become a role model because I see so many people struggling with their body image because they think they all need to look a certain way. I want to show them that you need to love yourself, however you are. Everyone is different and everyone is beautiful in their own way. Never let people nor society tell you have to look a certain way to be beautiful. Be your own kind of beautiful. Be proud of who you are. Recognize your strengths and embrace them. Find something that drives you and follow your dreams. This is what I learned from my personal journey.
I’m different from everyone else because I’m an olympic athlete, I traveled the world and I have lots of insight to share. I battled with a lot of adversity, probably more than most people, and I am now ready to share all my wisdom.