The most decorated gymnast in the world, Simone Biles covers the August edition of Vogue!
She talks accolades and setting her sights on Olympics 2021!
The interview, which was conducted in February before our current pandemic lockdown, touches on everything from the Olympic postponement to the current Black Lives Matter movement and Biles’ important role in holding the governing body of gymnastics accountable.
“Personally, for me, I don’t think of it as an obligation. I think of it as an honor to speak for those less fortunate and for the voiceless. I also feel like it gives them power,” she said.Biles also opened up about her battle with depression after the Nassar trial.“At one point I slept so much because, for me, it was the closest thing to death without harming myself,” Biles said. “It was an escape from all of my thoughts, from the world, from what I was dealing with. It was a really dark time,” she said.
Biles’ cover isn’t without some criticism though, with some noting that her photo should have been taken by a black photographer, instead of Leibovitz, considering the lack of diversity in magazine publishing.