Former Olympic Alpine ski racer and first-ever U.S. woman to win gold in a Winter Olympic Downhill Ski event Lindsey Vonn has been awarded Cybersmiler of the Month for October by leading cyberbullying charity Cybersmile.
Lindsey was deemed to be a worthy recipient in recognition of her powerful body-positive messaging in response to horrible comments made about her body online. She spoke out about how photos of her in swimwear had provoked a tirade of hate-filled body-shaming comments.
Posting on Instagram Lindsey shared her honest thoughts in a very candid post, which was so inspiring. ” I’m a normal person and sometimes I slouch, my stomach folds over, my cellulite shows on my butt, or I don’t fill out my swimsuit top just right….But, I always remember how my body has helped me achieve amazing things in my life and I am proud of how strong I am. I’m not a size zero and that’s perfectly fine with me. One thing I can promise all of you is that I never Photoshop my photos and am proud to officially never had any plastic surgery of any kind. No Botox, no fillers, no mini surgeries. Literally nothing. I am 100% natural and 100% Lindsey. So to anyone who is feeling self-conscious or down about their appearance; stay strong, stay healthy and love yourself no matter what the haters say.“