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Mexican Gymnast Alexa Moreno Gets The Art World Rallying Behind Her

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 2 December 2016
Mexican representation at the Olympics this year has included a total of 125 athletes across 26 different disciplines, but the one that has caught the attention of the world is Mexicali native, artistic gymnast Alexa Moreno. Now the subject of several paintings and drawings, Alexa Moreno is the only female Mexican gymnast to have participated in the Rio Olympics, alongside her male counterpart, Daniel Corral. The 22-year-old Mexican star first stole the headlines for all the wrong reasons – or rather, her critics did. Bullied for her body shape, size and appearance, images and comments spread about her like wildfire, but not before these beautiful artistic efforts stepped in to put them in their place.

The fantastic Alexa Moreno competing in the beam discipline at Rio 2016

*Por los mexicanos que siguen sus sueños ✨🇮🇹 #alexamoreno 👍

A photo posted by Ángel Gonzàlez🌀 (@angel.gonzaleztv1) on

With news outlets around the globe publishing the best pieces of art inspired by the fantastic gymnast Alexa Moreno, here’s The Culture Trip’s round up of the top 20.

1. Mr Luchas

2. Jose Acosta

#alexamoreno #orgullodemexico #joseacostaillustration #Rio2016

A photo posted by SPACE REMAINS (@dbp_80) on

3. Tania Magni

4. Vector Art

5. Arte de Luna

6. Qucho Monero

#AlexaMoreno #rio2016🇧🇷

A photo posted by Saul Herrera (@quchomonero) on

7. Mauro Albatros

Alexa Moreno, ilustración digital #alexamoreno #alexamoreno🇲🇽 #juegosolimpicosrio2016 #fanart #colorfull #mexico

A photo posted by Mauro Albatros (@mauroalbatros) on

8. Fer Leal

#alexamoreno

A photo posted by Fernando Leal (@fleal1) on

9. Lily V S

#amatucuerpo

A photo posted by Regina Aranda Bargas (@reginaarandab) on

10. Carlos Sallas

11. Jimena Mora

#alexamoreno #illustration #instaart #instart #painting #girlsinanimation #animation

A photo posted by The art of Jimena Mora (@jimenamora_art) on

12. Tania

13. Malo Art

😊💪🙌👏 #alexamoreno #caricature #fanart #inspirationalperson #sketching

A photo posted by Efrain Malo (@maloart) on

14. Pictoline

A ginasta mexicana Alexa Moreno, de 22 anos, foi muito criticada em redes sociais por sua forma física após se apresentar nos Jogos Olímpicos no Rio de Janeiro, alguns comentários a chamavam de Pepa Pig. Em resposta ao “body shaming”, os internautas postaram mensagens de incentivo exaltando como a atleta é uma inspiração. Uma internauta escreveu: “Uma atleta como Alexa Moreno mudou minha vida quando eu era uma menina e acreditava que você tinha que ser muito magro para ser um ginasta”. A jovem mede 1,47m e pesa 45kg. Ou seja, a ginasta chamada de "gorda" tem o mesmo peso da brasileira Jade Barbosa, que mede 1,51m. Já a norte-americana Simone Biles pesa 47kg e mede 1,45m. No blog já falamos sobre o Body Shaming: http://www.avidaquer.com.br/nao-ao-body-shaming/ #alexamoreno #rio2016 #olympics #respeitaasmina #agentenaoquersocomida #avidaquer @avidaquer por @teeeetchy avidaquer.com.br | avidaquer no Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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15. Rene Garcia

16. Mónika Chacón

Story time! This is Alexa Moreno. She's a 22 year-old lady from my city who got the chance to compete on the #Rio #Olympics this year in the artistic gymnastics category, one Mexico rarely gets the chance to compete at. She's been an object of body-shaming this past week because of the way she looks. I'm gonna rant this in Spanish since it's both of us' native language. Feel free to translate it! Me parece una cosa tan ridícula, el hecho de criticar a alguien por su apariencia y por seguir un estereotípo tan estúpido. Nadie dijo que una gimnasta debía ser delgada. ¡Alexa no es gorda como muchos la critícan! El día que esas personas tan groseras hagan la misma cantidad de deporte o lleguen tan alto como ella a unos Juegos Olimpicos, ese día pueden discutir conmigo lo que quieran. Alexa es bella, sea como sea, y es un orgullo para mi país por el solo hecho de ser la única gimnasta en esta categoría para representar a un país entero. #vivamexico #alexamoreno #rio2016 #olympicgames #mexico #gymnastics #gymnast #doodle #sketch #illustration

A photo posted by Mónika Chacón (@prncssmnk) on

17. Artist Unknown

Aunque de nada te sirva yo también te apoyo eres un orgullo para México! #alexamoreno #mexico #mexicana

A photo posted by Édgar Martí (@emaiti) on

18. Edina

Here's to strong women 💪💫 #alexamoreno #hatersgonnahate #illustration #gymnastics #olympics #Sports #wacom #mexico

A photo posted by Me dicen Lili (@medicenlili_) on