Hope everyone is just as hyped for the Oympics as we have been and cheering on your country as they compete at the highest level of athletics there is. When we think of an Olympic athlete we seem them on this pedestal, like they are perfect. What we forget as they are just a human as us and still have body confidence issues. Team USA’s swimmer Cody Miller, is a prime example of just this.
Miller, the 24-year-old breaststroker showed up in Rio chasing his Olympic dream, despite his lifelong body image issues. Miller was born with a condition called Pectus Excavatum, which caused a big deformity in his chest, he always was diagnosed with Asthma. Both of these put a ton of stress on his respiratory system. As what Miller calls “a giant hole in my chest”, has gotten him negative attention all his life. Always wearing a shirt, being nervous about what people thought about him when he was walking around the pool. Body confidence issues that people go through on a day to day basis.
Miller stated, “No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has something about themselves they dislike,” and those words have inspired people across so many social media platforms. From the Olympic Trials to the Rio Olympics, Miller has become an icon to look up to. That no matter what you can accomplish your dreams, no matter what card life has dealt you.
We here at Fashom love Cody Miller’s story and like him, we want our users to realize that has body confidence issues but we want to inspire others and come together to overcome this!