Nastia Liukin is turning Montana’s wilderness into the best photo ops ever. The 30-year-old former Olympian, who retired from professional gymnastics aged just 22, has been filling her Instagram with stunning country snaps as she enjoys Big Sky Country – and she’s been bringing Big Sky energy. Nastia, followed by 1 million and recently in the news for clapping back at fans questioning her origin and slamming her photos, is nowhere near done with the gorgeous photos. Check out the weekend one below.
Scroll for the shots. Nastia, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. after the collapse of the Soviet Union, was proving she can be a country girl like the rest of them.
Nastia, raised in both Louisiana and Texas after the U.S. move, was rocking her cowboy hat big-time as she was photographed lightly balancing with one leg out and also on tip-toe from an abandoned road backing onto forestry. The opening snap was super-leggy, but it was only the start.
Keep scrolling for more shots. Nastia, going denim-on-denim in skintight ripped jeans, an acid-wash jacket, plus chunky tan boots and a red neckscarf, seemed to have nailed the art of interesting angles. The five-time Olympic medalist, photographed every which way, showed off her super-pert rear, gazelle legs, and extensions – not quite what the swayback legged bath shot brought, but she wasn’t bundled up in a blanket.
“You know you’re on the right path when you feel good about moving forward and you could not care less about looking back,” the caption read.
Nastia’s fans were all for these, although the star’s next post proved less easy-going when a troll lashed out, telling the Olay influencer:
“It’s pretty disappointing to see Californian celebrities come to our beautiful state only to do a western/country/cowgirl/cowboy photo shoot in western hats and boots. Jussayin.”
Nastia, already clapping back in 2020 over not being too old to wear a leotard, fired back, responding: “Not a Californian 🙂 we actually own a home here in your / our beautiful state that we love so much ??.”
Nastia, who won the all-around gold medal for gymnastics back in 2008, then retiring in 2012, is seemingly blessed from above. Both parents were world champions, with Nastia saying she felt she was “born with a little gymnastics in my blood.” Despite the notoriously-pushy Russian stereotype, Nastia has revealed she never felt her parents “pushed me into the sport” and that she didn’t have to live up to their expectations.
Since retiring, Nastia has founded her empowerment startup The Muse Collective. She also influences on Instagram for tanning brands, her recent Olay promo, and she’ll even tag Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS brand.