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Gymnast Nastia Liukin Wraps 'Chicken Legs' With Miniskirt Thigh Gap

By Rebecca Cukier

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin is putting her "gross skinny chicken legs" behind her – by showing them off, complete with her massive thigh gap. The 31-year-old Russian-born star, who continues to be skinny-shamed, made her most recent storm a wrap on Monday, posting for her 1 million Instagram followers and in a jaw-dropping, all-pink, designer-clad shoot as she gears up for the 12th annual Nastia Cup. Liukin, who was also body-shamed in a 2020 anorexia storm, was showing the haters can hate. Check it out below.

Showing Off The Legs

Nastia Liukin in cowgirl look

Scroll for the latest photos. If you don't live inside Nastia's Instagram, the five-time Olympic medalist has been counting down days to the Nastia Cup with a different, all-pink look each day. Already bringing her ruffly Texas cowgirl getup and a stunning poolside shoot in pink pants and an open skirt, the gymnast today went super-leggy, also shouting out luxury French brand Chanel.

All legs in platform pink heels and a buttoned blazer minidress, Nastia posed amid stone ledges, and it was leggy stuff.

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A caption from Liukin today shouted out a celebrity you've definitely heard of – "folklore" singer Taylor Swift was inspiring the blonde as she said that "rewatching" Swift's documentary reminded her that we can "still inspire others while fighting and speaking for what we believe in."

"Without getting cancelled," she continued, concluding: "Here’s to you all living your best life while being true to who you really are, and chasing those crazy dreams that at one point seemed impossible... four more days... #nastiacup."

See The 'Gross Skinny Chicken Legs'!

Nastia Liukin in pink

Nastia made headlines in January for hopping aboard the "post a pic of" trend. When a fan asked her to post a pic of her "gross skinny chicken legs," the 2008 all-around champion fired back, sharing a shot of herself in upside-down splits while in a leotard and telling the user:

."Unclear if you're trying to be hurtful or what, but these "gross skinny chicken legs" helped me win an olympic gold medal, huh?"

Today, meanwhile, kept the focus on the Nastia Cup. See her walking on her hands below!

Swift In Her Own Ways


Nastia's Swift quote will likely resonate with fans. Cherry-picking one of the 31-year-old's most famous, Nastia wrote:

“I wanna love glitter and also stand up for the double standards that exist in our society. I wanna wear pink, and tell you how I feel about politics. I don’t think those things have to cancel each other out.”

Nastia was just 22 when she retired from professional gymnastics back in 2012. Scroll for 23-year-old gymnastics star Simone Biles shirtless in an NFL helmet!

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