How female athletes at the Tokyo Olympics - and elsewhere - are fighting the uniform status quo

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Published on 28 Jul 2021, 16:52
Germany’s female gymnasts stood out from other Tokyo Olympics competitors earlier in the week during a team qualifying round by wearing unitards, rather than traditional leotards. They first wore the bodysuits in competition during the European championships in April, when the German Gymnastics Federation said the choice of apparel was meant to counteract “sexualization” in the sport.

They aren't the only athletes challenging the uniform status quo. Alice Dearing, the first Black swimmer ever to represent Great Britain, was not allowed to wear a swimming cap made specifically for natural Black hair. And beyond the Olympics, the Norwegian women’s beach handball team chose not to wear their usual black bikini bottoms during their European Championship match against Spain. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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