Two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman expected some criticism when she decided to pose in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

But in a recent interview with Time Inc.’s Motto, Raisman revealed that the public reaction made her “realize women do not have to be modest in order to be respected.”

“I knew people were going to say that I wasn’t a good role model and all of this stuff, Raisman told Motto. “I did the issue because I love my body. I can express myself in any way that I want. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to judge me. I think being a role model is about being a kind person.”

“It really made me realize, women do not have to be modest in order to be respected.”

Raisman spoke with Motto about the importance of girls pursuing sports, appreciating her body and about the sexual abuse allegations against USA Gymnastics and former team doctor Larry Nassar.

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All Image Credit : Sports Illustrated

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