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I'm Applauding Simone Biles For Refusing To Compete Against Toxic Beauty Standards

"Let's talk about competition. Specifically, the competition I didn't sign up for."

You know Simone Biles – the most decorated woman gymnast in history, incredible Olympic athlete, and all-around inspiration.

Simone Biles posing with her Olympic gold medals around her neck

Well, the 23-year-old recently posted a message on Twitter that I think everyone should read:

Beauty. When did it become a competition? #NOCOMPETITION @SKII_US #skiipartner

Simone Biles/ Twitter: @Simone_Biles

"In gymnastics, as in many other professions, there is a growing competition that has nothing to do with performance itself. I'm talking about beauty. I don't know why but others feel as though they can define your own beauty based on their standards," she wrote.

"I've learned to put on a strong front and let most of it slide. But I'd be lying if I told you what people say about my arms, my legs, my body...of how I look in a dress, leotard, bathing suit or even in casual pants hasn't gotten me down at times."

Simone flipping backwards on a balance beam

"Today, I say I am done competing vs. beauty standards and the toxic culture of trolling when others feel as though their expectations are not met because nobody should tell you or I what beauty should or should not look like."

"Beauty is #NoCompetition," she concluded.

The comments were filled with love and positivity — as they should be! Actor Chloë Grace Moretz related to Simone's post and said it was "so powerful."

This is incredible @Simone_Biles no one should dictate what beauty is to any of us. Having grown up in this industry my whole life I’ve had to deal with unfair beauty standards placed on me, andover the years it’s really taken a toll mentally. This is so powerful. #NOcompetition https://t.co/7f0RHOYPCD

Chloë Grace Moretz/ Twitter: @ChloeGMoretz

Many fans expressed support for the gymnast's message:

@Simone_Biles @SKII_US LOUDER QUEEN 👏👏

Twitter: @drogonsdaughter

And some people called her "a badass" — because it's true!

@Simone_Biles @SKII_US You are a badass no matter what you are doing or what you are wearing!

Twitter: @NancyGoldTom

Thank you for speaking out, Simone! We stan a body positive queen!!

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