Olympic winner wants to be a body-positive role model

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Shot Put Gold Won By USA's Michelle Carter - First Medal Since 1960

On Friday, 30-year-old Michelle Carter won the gold in women's shot put. She the first American woman to do so, and she's using her newfound fame to send a powerful message.

Carter preaches body-postivity and embracing who you are. In a feature she wrote for Redbook in late July -- before her gold medal win -- she discussed how observers perceived her by her looks. People have told her that athletes are masculine and thin; Carter is neither, and proud of that.

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"I'm girly and curvy, but so many people expect an athlete to look tough and masculine," she said.

Carter continued, "I've been a bigger girl all my life. So if you're not one of the folks who expects all athletes to look like linebackers, you might be someone who assumes that all athletes come equipped with a six-pack and visible muscles everywhere. Sure, that works."

"But my body works too," she assured.

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U.S. Women who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016
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U.S. Women who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016

Katie Ledecky - Swimming 

Total Gold:4

Events won: 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle Relay, 800m Freestyle

Total Metals in Rio: 5

Fun Fact: She has broken 12 world records and continues to breaks the records she sets. 

(FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)

Lily King - Swimming 

Total Gold:2

Events won: 100 m breaststroke, 4x100 m Medley Relay

Total Metals in Rio: 2

Fun Fact: Lily King's comment on Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova testing positive for doping caused quiet a stir. 

(Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)

Virginia Thrasher - Shooting

Total Gold:1

Events won: 10m air rifle 

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Won the first gold of the 2016 Rio Olympics

(Reuters)

Women's Team USA (Simone Biles, Gabriell Douglas,Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Alexandra Raisman) - Gymnastics

Total Gold (As a team):1

Events won: Team All-Around 

Total Metals in Rio (As a team): 1

Fun Fact: The incredibly talented ladies of the US Gymnastics team beat Silver medalist Russia by 8 points, making them  virtually untouchable. 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake) 

 Kristin Armstrong - Cycling Road

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's Individual Time Trial 

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: She is the only cyclist, male or female, to win three consecutive golds in her event. 

( REUTERS/Paul Hanna)

Team USA (Katie Ledecky, Maya DiRado, Leah Smith, & Allison Schmitt) - Swimming

Total Gold (As a Relay): 1

Events Won: 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

Total metals in Rio (as a Relay): 1

Fun Fact: Team USA came from behind to beat Australia by 1.84 seconds

 (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

Simone Biles - Gymnastics

Total Gold:4

Events won: Individual All Around, Team All Around, Women's Vault, Women's Floor Exercise

Total Metals in Rio: 5

Fun Fact: Simone is the first female gymnast to win four Gold's in a single Olympics. 

 (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Simone Manuel - Swimming 

Total Gold:2

Events won: 100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay

Total Metals in Rio: 4

Fun Fact: Simone is the first African American to win an Olympic Gold in a individual swimming event.

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Women's Team USA (Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer, Simone Manuel) - Swimming 

Total Gold (As a Relay):1

Events won: 4x100m medley Relay 

Total Metals in Rio (As a Relay): 1

Fun Fact: These ladies not only won gold but earned the U.S. their 1,000th gold

(ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Women's Team USA (Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Ellie Logan, Amanda Elmore, Katelin Snyder ) - Rowing

Total Gold (As a Team):1

Events won: Women's Coxed Eight

Total Metals in Rio (As a Team): 1

Fun Fact: This is Team USA's third Olympic gold in a row for this event 

(Reuters)

Michelle Carter - Track & Field 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's Shot Put

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Michelle is the first American woman to win Olympic Gold in Shot Put.

 (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) 

Madeline Dirado - Swimming 

Total Gold:2

Events won: 200 m Backstroke, 4x200 m Freestyle Relay

Total Metals in Rio: 4

Fun Fact: Madeline Dirado won the 200 m Backstroke by an incredibly close .06 seconds

 (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Bethanie Mattak-Sands - Tennis 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Mixed Doubles

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Bethanie Mattak-Sands and her partner Jack Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram to take home gold

 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Kayla Harrison - Judo 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's 78kg

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: USA Judo Director of Performance Eddie Liddie Kayla is considered to be one of the most celebrated women in Judo history 

 (Photo by Nolwenn Le Gouic/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Tianna Bartoletta - Track & Field

Total Gold: 2

Events won: Women's Long Jump, Women's 4x100m Relay

Total Metals in Rio: 2

Fun Fact: Tianna not only earned gold but set a personal best for herself with a jump of 7.17 meters (23 feet, 6 1/4 inches).

 (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Brianna Rollins - Track & Field 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's 100m Hurdles

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Brianna led her teammates in a sweep of Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the 100m Hurdles becoming the first American women to do so.

(FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dalilah Muhammad - Track & Field 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's 400m Hurdles

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Dalilah Muhammad is the first U.S. woman to win the 400m Hurdles

(JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Helen Maroulis - Wrestling 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's freestyle 53 kg

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Helen Maroulis earned USA its first ever gold in wrestling

(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Team USA (English Gardner, Allyson Felix, Tianna Bartoletta & Tori Bowie) - Track & Field

Total Gold (as a relay): 1

Events won: Women's 4x100m Relay

Total Metals in Rio (as a relay): 1

Fun Fact: This relay almost didn't make it to the finals. In the preliminary heat Felix dropped the baton but instant replay showed a Brazilian team member bumping her which granted them a rerun to qualify for the final race and bring home gold. 

 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Team USA (Makenzie Fischer, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Caroline Clark, Kiley Neushul, Rachel Fattal, Ashleigh Johnson, Aria Fischer, Maddie Musselman, Courtney Mathewson, Kami Craig, Maggie Steffens, Sami Hill, Melissa Seidemann, Meghan Musnicki) - Waterpolo

Total Gold (as a relay): 1

Events won: Women's tournament 

Total Metals in Rio (as a relay): 1

Fun Fact: Winning this event makes Team USA the first team to ever win back to back olympic gold in waterpolo ever. 

 (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) 

Gwen Jorgensen - Triathlon 

Total Gold:1

Events won: Women's Individual

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: Jorgensen's win is the US's first ever Olympic gold in the Triathlon.

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Team USA (Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles, Elena Della Donne, Seimone Augustus, Breanna Stewart)) - Basketball 

Total Gold (as a team): 1

Events won: Women's tournament 

Total Metals in Rio (as a team): 1

Fun Fact: This is the US women's basketball teams sixth straight Olympic gold. 

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Team USA (Allyson Felix, Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings & Courtney Okolo) - Track & Field

Total Gold (as a relay): 1

Events won: Women's 4x400m Relay

Total Metals in Rio (as a relay): 1

Fun Fact: The US has now won Gold in the 4x400m 6 times in a row.

 (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Claressa Shields - Boxing 

Total Gold:1

Events won: middle 75 kg

Total Metals in Rio: 1

Fun Fact: This win in Rio is Shields second Olympic gold making her the first American boxer to have back-to-back Olympic golds.

REUTERS/Murad Sezer 

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In addition to being an Olympic athlete, Carter is a professional makeup artist; she also sells makeup packages under her own line called "Shot Diva." She proudly gets her nails and eyelashes done before competing, and does not care that others criticize that routine.

After her win, Carter took to Instagram to expressing how happy she is:

"This has been an amazing journey. It wasn't easy, but worth it," she wrote.

Carter proves that anyone can be an athlete -- an Olympic gold winning athlete at that -- no matter what they look like.

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