It has been a trying day for Aly Raisman, who spoke out this morning in a candid new interview about the sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of USA gymnastics' 'monster' team doctor Larry Nassar.
But the 23-year-old Olympian and six-time medal winner refused to let any of the stress stop her from wowing the crowds at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, where she dazzled in a stunning floor-length ball gown.
Taking to the red carpet ahead of the event, Aly beamed happily at the cameras, posing in her pale pink princess-like dress, looking carefree and radiant as she showed off the the strapless design.
Stunning: Aly Raisman made quite the entrance at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in a pale pink strapless dress
Speaking out: The 23-year-old Olympian revealed in an interview aired on Sunday that she was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
Wearing her long brunette locks in waves over one shoulder, Aly left her neck and wrists bare, choosing minimal jewelry for the event, including the same delicate star-shaped earrings she had modeled earlier in the day, as well as a simple dainty ring on the left hand.
But it was Aly's incredible dress that stole the show at the event; the statement-making silk design featured raised floral embellishments across the figure-hugging strapless bodice, and the full floor-length skirt.
And if the gymnast was feeling any weariness as a result of her long day, she showed no signs of it on the red carpet, where she seemed more than happy to smile for pictures.
It was the same when she took to the stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Live Summit earlier in the day, when she was named as the newest spokesmodel for Aerie.
Aly's role with the brand was announced by current AerieReal role model and plus-size star Iskra Lawrence, who introduced the gymnast and welcomed her into the fold of the body-positive brand.
'If you watched the 60 Minutes last night you will know she is very courageous,' Iskra, 27, said while welcoming Aly onto the stage.
'I'm so proud of you and I'm so glad that I'm going to get to be friends with you and learn so much from you.'
Speaking about her reasons for wanting to work for the brand, Aly admitted that she was told as a young girl that 'being an athlete wasn't cool because muscles weren't seen as being girly'.
Moving on: Former Olympian Aly appeared to put all of the stress of the day behind her as she took to the red carpet, happily beaming at the cameras as she made her way into the event
Putting on a show: The elegant gown featured raised floral embellishments across the figure-hugging bodice and full floor-length skirt
Proud: Aly happily showed off her toned arms, after admitting earlier in the day that she was once ashamed of her muscular physique, having been bullied over it as a child
Be pretty in pink like Aly in Christian Siriano
Aly Raisman has us doing backflips for her off the mat looks. She went with a darling Chrsitian Siriano creation from the resort 2017 collection that fit her petite body to a T.
Aly's dress had a classic fitted bodice and full skirt- a classic look that never goes out of style. And the pale pink shade in that luxe textured satin is the perfect compliment to her dark cascading hair.
Since her dress is from a few seasons ago, it's not available to purchase, but this kind of feminine ball gown can easily be replicated.
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'At recess I would play kickball with the boys in my class and they would stare and laugh at my muscles, saying they were disgusting and I looked like I was on steroids,' she went on.
'They began calling me Roids, saying there was no way a girl could ever be that strong without taking illegal drugs. It took me a long time to learn to love my arms and my muscles. I was so embarrassed and I thought that every person I met would judge me. How wrong is that?'
Aly admitted that she feels regret about worrying so much what other people thought about her appearance, adding that she wants to 'teach young boys and girls to respect each other and that shaming one another is never ever okay'.
'In the last year while writing my book, I realized the person that I wanted to be,' she then noted. 'I realized that winning gold medals isn't everything. That being skinny or pretty isn't the most important, and that the amount of followers you have doesn't make you better than the next person.
'Sometimes it's okay not to be okay. We all have our days and everyone in the world is battling something. The change and the kindness in the world starts with each one of us.'
Despite her positive attitude on stage, there is no denying that it has been a trying 48 hours for the former Olympian, who revealed in an interview with 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday night, that she was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Team USA's former doctor Larry Nassar.
The gold medalist explained that she was just 15 when Dr. Larry Nassar began bringing her gifts and desserts in his successful effort to groom her, much in the same way he did with the over 100 other women who have accused him of sexual assault.
Raisman also accused some top-ranking officials at USA Gymnastics of abhorrent behavior, claiming that she and her teammates from the 2016 Rio Games were ignored by a table of executives from the sport's governing body during their Hall of Fame induction this summer.
A new challenge: Aly took to the stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Live Summit in Brooklyn, where she was named as Aerie's newest spokesmodel
Celebration: The gymnast was welcomed onstage by fellow Aerie star Iskra Lawrence, and the brand's global president Jennifer Foyle
That childish display came shortly after Raisman spoke with the FBI and detailed how she was allegedly abused by Dr. Nassar under the guise of 'treatment.'
Raisman also claimed that USA Gymnastics stopped her from speaking with the FBI after she tried to seek out the female agent she first spoke with about Nassar - before she realized she was being abused by the doctor.
After her initial interview, Raisman came to realize she herself was a victim, and tried to speak again with that agent.
That is when USA Gymnastics stepped in she claims, and stopped her outreach.
'Shortly after she left, it hit me. And I reached back out to an official with USA Gymnastics and I said, "I have to speak to her again. I was making excuses for him and it's not right,' Raisman said on Monday while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today.
'I was not given a courtesy of speaking with her. And was told to just mind your own business.'
Despite this personal tragedy and what many see as a huge failure of USA Gymnastics to protect young women like Raisman, the two-time Olympic team captain confirmed Monday morning on Today that she will be back for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Dr. Nassar denies the allegations of all his accusers.
Devastating news: Aly (above on Today) claimed that Dr. Larry Nassar groomed her with gifts and desserts while he was allegedly sexual assaulting her starting when she was 15
London Games: The six-time medal winner said that she was so under Dr. Nassar's spell that she even excused his behavior while speaking to investigators in 2015 (Raisman and Nassar in 2012 circled in red with another alleged victim McKayla Maroney in front center)
He is currently behind bars in a Michigan prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in July.
Authorities revealed back in December of last year that they had discovered over 37,000 images and videos of child pornography featuring girls as young as six and a Go Pro video of Nassar molesting a group of young girls in a pool.
Over 130 women have come forward to accuse Nassr, including Raisman's Olympic teammate McKayla Maroney.
Nassar entered a guilty plea to child porn charges in July
Many of these women, including Raisman and Maroney, claim they were underage at the time of their first alleged assault.
Raisman revealed that she justified Dr. Nassar's behavior to the FBI investigator at first because she was so under his spell, viewing him as a friend.
'I said, you know, "Well, he - his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he's so nice to me,"' said the six-time medal winner.
'"And I don't think he does it on purpose because, you know, I think he cares about me."'
Raisman then noted: 'I think it's important for people to know too I'm still trying to put the pieces together today. You know it impacts you for the rest of your life.'
She was also being treated alone by the doctor, despite that being against both USA Gymnastics and US Olympic policy.
'Nobody ever educated me on, "Make sure you're not alone with an adult." You know, "Make sure he's not making you uncomfortable." I didn't know the signs. I didn't know what sexual abuse really was,' said Raisman.
Out of the blue: Raisman's parents said they had no idea the alleged abuse was occurring while speaking to 60 Minutes
'And I think that needs to be communicated to all of these athletes, no matter the age.'
The entire situation was made all the more confusing said Raisman because of Dr. Nassar's behavior.
'He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts. He would buy me little things. So I really thought he was a nice person,' said Raisman.
'I really thought he was looking out for me. That's why I want to do this interview. That's why I wanna talk about it. I want people to know just because someone is nice to you and just because everyone is saying they're the best person, it does not make it okay for them to ever make you uncomfortable. Ever.'
It was after the Rio Games when she finally spoke with the FBI, a move she claims left some in the sport angry at both her and her Final Five teammates.
'There was a table of a lot of people that are very high up in USA Gymnastics that were in the room. And they didn't come over,' said Raisman.
'You know, my teammates and I were all sitting at the table, and they did not come over to say hi to us or to congratulate us.'
Raisman, who would become the first American woman since Dominique Dawes to compete at three Olympic Games should she qualify for Tokyo, later said: 'All we've done is worked really hard. We love the sport. And we were treated like, you know, "We don't want anything to do with you girls."'
Powerful: On Today, Raisman said that her interview already empowered one young girl to speak out about her alleged abuser (Raisman above with Nassar accuser Maroney and Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Games)
She was then asked if she had any concern about what repercussions might arise because she spoke out.
'You know, I think that's a very valid point,' said Raisman.
'But I think that this, speaking out, and creating positive change so that athletes are safe, is more important than any Olympic medal you could ever win.'
Raisman's parents said on 60 Minutes that they too were completely caught off guard when they learned about what had happened to their daughter.
'We were there. But if she's not knowing that it's wrong - never in a million years did I ever even think to say, "Hey, when you see the team doctor, is there someone with you?"' said her mother Lynn.
She was then asked what she could change if she had the chance to go back in time.
'I think the most important thing, if anyone takes anything away from this interview is sit down with your kids and explain to them that predators aren't just strangers,' said Lynn.
'They can be highly educated. They can be very well-respected in the community. It could be a family member, it could be a family friend. So, you know, that's really, the, I mean, if I could go back in time, I would do that.'
Balances: A young Raisman practicing in Massachusetts, a decade before earning Olympic gold
Whta a guy: Raisman's boyfriend voiced his support for her ahead of her 60 Minutes interview airing on CBS
Good gossip: Blake Lively also posted a rare tweet of support for Raisman and her interviewer
On Today, Raisman said that her interview already empowered one young girl to speak out about her alleged abuser.
'I actually got a letter 36 hours after I spoke up in August. I was so nervous about speaking up. I spoke out against USA Gymnastics and I got a letter from a 14-year-old girl and she said she read my statements and because of that, she had the courage to tell her mother that her father had been sexually abusing her,' said Raisman.
'And he threatened her life at times. I realize that letter is more important to me than any medal I've ever won in my life. She changed my life because she made me realize this is the right thing.'
Raisman continued: 'And if I can help one person, you know, that's totally what it's all about.'
And she no longer sees Nassar as a friend.
'I think he's a monster. It's disturbing what he did to me and other people. It's bigger than just me,' said Raisman.
'It's such a horrific thing to happen. And I stand here with all the other survivors that have been abused by Larry and other people that have been abused by anyone. It's disgusting.'
It was during the #MeToo campaign last month when Maroney shared her story, claiming Nassar began abusing her when she 13, and that the assaults did not stop until she left the sport just last year at the age of 20.
'Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving "medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years",' Maroney, 21, said of her abuse in a social media post.
'It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was "treated." It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my silver.'
Maroney also detailed what she said was the worst incident back in 2011 during a trip to Tokyo.
She claimed that on the way to the world championship that year Nassar gave her a sleeping pill, and the she awoke to find him performing a 'treatment' on her in the hotel.
'I thought I was going to die that night,' wrote Maroney.
She was just 15 at the time.
Soon after she shared her story her teammates from the 2012 Games all voiced their support on social media, with Raisman posting a photo of herself and Maroney hugging with a heart emoji.
Raisman also wrote: ''100% support you. SO proud of you and your strength. Love you like a sister!!'