Lindsey Vonn has decided that she isn’t letting haters get her down anymore.

The 36-year-old Olympic gold medalist skier spoke about overcoming her struggles with her self-consciousness and body image during coronavirus lockdown.

“The pandemic taught me to love myself,” Vonn told People. “It also taught me that we need to love each other. There’s so much hate in the world, and we need to support each other.”

In an Instagram post last month, Vonn called out the commenters and media outlets that make comments about her body. The athlete proudly posed in several bikini pictures, showing off her cellulite and belly rolls. The last picture in the slide features mean comments that have been left on her posts.

“I’ve posted quite a few swimsuit pics lately, which is scarier than it seems,” the caption started. “Even as an athlete there are ruthless comments and media stories that tear apart my body and I admit it sometimes hurts me. 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.”

Though, she said she is proud of what her body has accomplished even if she doesn’t fit into a size zero.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

She left her followers with this message: “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.”

She said that she felt like she had to speak out because she doesn’t have the “tolerance for that kind of stuff anymore.”

“Body image has always been a thing for me, but over the last seven, eight years, I’ve developed thicker skin,” she said. “I couldn’t block [the haters] out entirely until I loved myself. Now I’m able to stand up for myself and just be unapologetically me.”

“Who cares if you have cellulite or you have wrinkles?” she said. “You don’t need hair extensions or Botox or injections, just be yourself. With my dogs, they love me no matter what, and that’s how we should treat other humans. That’s just how I see it.”

Speaking of dogs, Vonn is the host of the new Amazon Original The Pack, a reality competition series where dogs and their owners travel the world and complete challenges. The show even features Vonn’s pup Lucy.


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