American Olympic shot putter Michelle Carter is not your average athlete. Last week, she brought home the gold in the shot putter competition by a distance of 68 feet and 8 1/4 inches. This also set a new American record. And that’s not all. In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, her father won silver in shot putting.
Carter’s victory makes her and her dad the Olympics’ first father-daughter duo to win their own track and field medals. And there’s more: she is also a professional makeup artist.
Thanks to her experience as an athlete and as a makeup artist, she chose to look and feel good when on the field. This means she still applies makeup and gets her hair done before training.
At the trials for the Olympics, her hair was reddish-pink and tied up in a ponytail. And even during the Olympics, she hasn’t skimped on looking good.
The night before, I’ll lay out the makeup I want to put on: a brow filler, a lipstick-there’s a NYX red one that looks great with those Team USA uniforms-and my lashes. I have to have my lashes. For me, it all sets the tone: I’m getting ready to go to work.
Because of her curves, Carter views her athleticism as a method of promoting body acceptance across all women. According to her, the world has only promoted one body type, when there really are many. She hopes to inspire girls to accept their bodies and to look their best, even when taking part in a sport.
Off the field, Carter promotes a sports confidence camped known as “You Throw Girl” along with a makeup line called Shot Diva. She has even posed for ESPN’s Body Issue, and she constantly uploads swimsuit photos of herself to Instagram.
Her goal is to show the world that women who compete in the shot put are not just tough-looking women. By showing her glamorous, feminine side, she can inspire girls to participate in whatever sport they want, without feeling ashamed.
Carter is a hero in many ways. She’s worked hard, stayed true to herself, grabbed opportunities when they beckoned and ignored all the inevitable hate. She is a true inspiration and she just might be one of the most important female athletes of all time.