'Empowered' gymnast in Sports Illustrated

Sex assault advocate and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has posed naked for Sports Illustrated.
Sex assault advocate and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has posed naked for Sports Illustrated.

Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman, who spoke out about sexual abuse by US team doctor Larry Nassar, has posed naked for the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Raisman says the "In Her Own Words" portion of the swimsuit issue, where women wear nothing but words written on their bodies is "extremely important." She adds that women don't have to be "modest to be respected."

Among the words on Raisman's nude body are "Fierce," "Trust Yourself," and "Every Voice Matters."

The 23-year-old says she feels empowered these days. She was one of the gymnasts who faced Nassar in court last month when he was sentenced to decades in prison.

Australian Associated Press