Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin ditched the bra and arched her jaw-dropping back for a little “real blonde” energy last night. The 31-year-old five-time Olympic medalist’s Tuesday Instagram update shouted out her gorgeous light locks, with Nastia’s 1 million followers getting both the gymnast’s killer body and her sense of humor. Nastia, who has recently asked fans if she should return to being a brunette, seemed 100% in her element embracing all things blonde. Likewise as a result of being back in a bit of a leotard getup. Check it out below.
Scroll for the photo. It comes as Nastia makes headlines both for eyeing up the holidays and inking herself a movie deal in “Little Gymnasts.”
The snap, seeing Nastia reflected by a gilt mirror with Xmas decorations, showed the 2008 all-around Olympic champion inside her Dallas, TX home and flaunting her famous figure. Nastia, snapped from behind, wore high-waisted and faded light jeans, a backless, no-bra bodysuit in deep brown, plus her signature blonde locks down as she fluffed them up.
The big blonde energy was there in the images, but likewise in the caption. Nastia told fans: “Let’s be real, I’ll never not be a real blonde.”
Nastia’s fans never come straight-forward – 2020 has seen the gymnast make major headlines for an anorexia clap back. “Really? because I saw pictures of you as a baby and it was blonde then? I guess it got darker as you got older,” one replied.
Nastia was also reminded she’s “gorgeous” by another follower. More photos below.
Nastia might come easy on the eye, but there’s a solid head on the Russian-born star’s shoulders. Liukin, who retired aged just 22 back in 2012, is now an entrepreneur and beauty blogger, even retailing a $55 Celery Green Cream with Volition, plus a leotard collab. Nastia is also much in demand as an influencer, having this year promoted both Olay skincare and Bright Fitness App among other brands.
Nastia also recently launched her YouTube channel, where a training video showing her back-flipping across a trampoline proved hugely popular.
Nastia, who was raised by two Olympic gymnast parents, has opened up on retiring from the beam so young. In 2016, The Cut profiled her, with Nastia saying:
“I remember walking into a regular gym, not a gymnastics gym, and looking at the equipment and thinking, “What are these things?” I had no idea what to do and how to use this equipment because my whole life was so structured.”
Nastia now digs everything from boxing to Pilates. Scroll for her walking on her hands.