Robles, the USA’s best chance at an Olympic medal in weightlifting, wears gym clothes all the time, and has spoken frankly about how hard it is to find non-gym things that suit her. Designer Jill Alexander, swept in with some fancy dresses and things for Robles to wear. “She’s one of the top athletes in the world. She’s not unhealthy, she’s not lazy, but she has trouble finding clothes that fit well,” Alexander says. “She’s empowering women to speak out and say, ‘I deserve better from the fashion industry.’”
Robles’s story of fighting poverty and body-image issues on her way to the London games has resonated with thousands of people since appearing in Time magazine and on BuzzFeed Shift. Thanks to their help, she’s raised a bundle of money and accrued a legion of supporters rallying to get her sponsorships, magazine covers, and more. Here’s a full update on what’s new with her career.
Sarah Robles is ranked higher than any other American weightlifter, male or female. She’s the best hope the U.S. has at an Olympic medal in the sport — but she struggles to pay her rent.