Each year ESPN does a Body Issue which highlights accomplished athletes and their sculpted physiques. In this year’s issue some female athletes got a lot more personal about their bodies and how they’ve grown the accept and wholeheartedly love them.
USA Track & Field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson, who is featured on one of the six covers, spoke on her journey to 100% body love and it serves as inspiration for us all. In a conversation with Morty Ain, Bingson shared,
“I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body. And I think it’s because I moved from Las Vegas to Texas. In Vegas, I was bombarded with all of these “double zeros” and Abercrombie models, these little people coming in for shows. I never wanted to be a part of that, ever. And when I moved to Texas, everyone here is just so open about their bodies. I see these big girls in these tiny little bathing suits and I’m looking at them like, “Man, these girls are so confident!” Now I just think, “I’m just going to throw far because I’m confident with myself and I don’t have to worry about what I look like anymore.”
With confidence like that, you would think she was born with it but that certainly isn’t the case. In fact, she expressed in highschool she was kicked off her vollyball team because she was, “too fat”. And though that experience tampered with her confidence for a bit, she pushed through and persevered to say the least. Look where she is now: a USA Female track and field hammer thrower that broke the female record in 2013.
Bingson further shared,
“I never knew that I was the fat kid in school until a boy told me that I was too fat. I thought, “What does that mean?” I had always been so athletic and into sports; I didn’t think I was that fat. But everybody wants to fit that skinny ideal picture that we see on billboards all the time, and people would always remind me that that wasn’t me. So you just grow a thick skin. Like I said, I’ll still whip your ass if we ever got into a fight.”
We certainly won’t argue with that one.
Be sure to pick up the Body Issue when it hits stands July 10.