Many Olympic athletes are considered heroes: whether they help their team to victory or they achieve personal bests, some rise above the rest to be seen as role models. But for American shot put star Michelle Carter, being an inspiration to others doesn’t end once she steps off the field.
According to Mic, the Olympic gold medalist not only medaled and broke an American shot put record at this summer’s Rio Olympics, she also lives her everyday life as a “powerful advocate for celebrating body diversity and wearing whatever makes you feel like you.”
Mic says Carter recently imparted a bit of body-positive wisdom in an interview with the New Yorker, explaining that all bodies — no matter their size, shape or capability — have a purpose.
“You have to understand everyone’s body was built to do something,” Carter said. “I was built to do something, and that’s how I was built. I think the world is realizing we were promoting one body type and there have always been many.”
But her comments did not end there. Carter — who is also a professional makeup artist with her company called Shot Diva — also shared with the New Yorker that she doesn’t shy away from looking her best when competing, encouraging others to also put forth the best version of themselves.
“For a couple of years, being professional, I kind of questioned myself,” Carter said, according to Mic. “Should I wear my false lashes or take the time I want to take so I can feel good when I go out on the field? Because nobody else was really doing that. And I thought, No: I’m not going to change what I believe I should look like to fit anybody else’s standards. I believe if you look your best, you’re going to feel your best, you’re going to do your best.”
Way to go, Michelle!