18 Year Old Olympic Weightlifter Told She Does Not Look Hot

18 Year Old Olympic Weightlifter Told She Does Not Look Hot

Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith responds to gender prejudiced comments on her Twitter feed, combating internet troll FAIL with feminist FLAIR.

Zoe Smith, an 18 year old weightlifter representing Britain at the 2012 Olympics, has made a blog post responding to the crappy comments she’s been getting on Twitter. Gender prejudiced comments from internet trolls ranged from how unfeminine it is for a woman to have muscles, to that old chestnut that female weightlifters are “probably all LGBT and look like blokes”.


In the interests of wanting to pay Zoe a truthful compliment, we would like to point out how gorgeous she is. But, like her, we feel that this is not the point. Bakers are not judged on their glossy hairstyles, pilots are not judged on their nail polish and weightlifters are not judged by their looks, either. In fact, this is what we think about that.

Zoe’s response

Here is a quote from Zoe’s raooowr reply to the kneejerk haters, which you can read in greater depth here:

We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.