Misty May-Treanor (L) and Kerri Walsh Jennings get a lot of press. Because not only are they champion athletes, but they are champion athletes in bikinis.
And you know what? I don’t even mind that they decided to keep the bikinis and forgo the new volleyball uniform options, which allow them to wear shorts and t-shirts if desired. Because I have so much admiration and respect for the work it takes to sculpt muscular bodies like theirs, and I would much rather all the men around me be drooling over a real, hard-working, healthy female body than a starving lingerie model with implants.
Except in a new interview with Allure magazine, Kerri really let me down when she admitted that she’s not so confident about (what I consider) her perfect body. Talking about the uniform, she said, “Of course my tops are padded!” Wait, “of course?!” Why of course? She also adds that she’s contemplating implants, and is currently feeling “60-40 against.” Just for the record Kerri, G&G is “against” too. Please don’t.
I know that we are all supposed to be honest about our insecurities and all that, and that it’s good for young girls to know that they are not alone in feeling fat/ugly/etc. But c’mon. It’s bad enough that 13 year olds are wearing not only push-up bras these days, but also push-up bikinis! It’s appalling! And now we have one of our dearest Olympic athletes proclaiming that her natural breasts aren’t good enough. That despite her amazing, muscular body, fake breasts would make it better.
Besides, wouldn’t larger breasts make all those awesome sand dives and other volleyball maneuvers more difficult? Wouldn’t they get in the way? She’s an athlete, and athletic bodies don’t naturally have large breasts. Why? Because breasts are fat, and athletes are muscle. They just don’t go together. So we are hoping that 60-40 split increases to 70-30, and then 80-20, until that implant temptation just disappears altogether, because Kerri, (and Misty) your bodies are incredible just the way they are. And we need your help teaching all the young girls out there that same lesson.