Five female athletes who don't care what you think about their bodies

Female athletes are regularly criticised and scrutinised for their bodies, rather than their sporting ability.

MMA fighter Ronda Rousey recently made the headlines for her badass response to body-shaming critics, while JK Rowling was widely applauded last month for her response to a troll who claimed Serena Williams looked like a man.

Now five female athletes have given candid interviews about their relationships with their bodies in a video for Cosmpolitan - and it's worth listening to what they have to say.

There's nothing I'm not able to do... this is the best version of what my body type can look like

  • Massy 'Mankofit' Arias, personal trainer

Strong is now beautiful and strength is now confidence and showing you care about yourself

  • Jessica Eye, UFC fighter

I'm not ashamed of being all woman but [also] being strong and being a figure of strength

  • Natasha Hastings, US Olympic athlete and gold medalist

You have to mentally train how you feel about your body the same way you physically train for your sport

  • Christmas Abbott, fitness trainer

When I was younger I used to get ridiculed at school like I was too skinny

  • Sanya Richards-Ross, US Olympic athlete and gold medalist

Watch the full video below:

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