The greatest gymnast of all time Simone Biles takes the cover of American Vogue Magazine‘s August 2020 edition lensed by fashion and celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. In charge of styling was Phyllis Posnick, with beauty from hair stylist Nai’vasha Johnson, and makeup artist Fara Homidi.
“I was like, I’ve had the same treatments. I remember googling, like, sexually abused. Because I know some girls had it worse than me. I know that for a fact. So I felt like I wasn’t abused, because it wasn’t to the same extent as the other girls. Some of my friends had it really, really bad. They were his favorite. Since mine wasn’t to that capacity, I felt like it didn’t happen.
I felt like I knew, I just didn’t want to admit it to myself, that it had happened. Because I felt like, not that you’re supposed to be perfect, but I just felt like that’s what America wanted me to be—was perfect. Because every time an American wins the Olympics, you’re like America’s sweetheart. So it’s like, How could this happen to America’s sweetheart? That’s how I felt —like I was letting other people down by this.” – Biles on being sexually abused by Larry Nassar.
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