The LSU athlete took to her Instagram Stories and posted a picture of herself wearing her gymnast uniform. Dunne seemed pretty upset with the news story about her and her online fame.
Success From Social Media
As fans know, the 20-year-old is one of the most popular athletes in college sports today. She has accrued millions of followers on social media and has greatly improved her financial status through brand deals.
However, the New York Times seemed to think that the gymnast’s brand building might be “regressive,” considering the content she shares on social media.
Olivia Dunne Is Worth ‘Millions’
“New Endorsements for College Athletes Resurface an Old Concern: Sex Sells,” as the story’s headline.
“Female college athletes are making millions thanks to their large social media followings. But some who have fought for equity in women’s sports worry that their brand building is regressive,” the article read.
NYT further described Dunne as “a petite blonde with a bright smile and a gymnast’s toned physique, earns a staggering amount by posting to her eight-million strong internet following on Instagram and TikTok, platforms on which she intersperses sponsored content modeling American Eagle Outfitters jeans and Vuori activewear alongside videos of her lip syncing popular songs or performing trending dances.”
The story continued, “To Dunne, and many other athletes of her generation, being candid and flirty and showing off their bodies in ways that emphasize traditional notions of female beauty on social media are all empowering.”
Her Response To NYT
In the pic, Dunne sent pulses racing as she rocked a black bodysuit that accentuated her gorgeous, allover glow. It had a sleeveless design, highlighting her toned arms, and a high neckline that covered up most of her décolletage.
The garment also had the LSU Tigers’ logo printed across her chest. Dunne’s one-piece proceeded to cinch in at her waist, highlighting her flat midsection and slender frame. Also of note was its daringly high-cut design. The suit’s leg openings sat high up on her hips, leaving her sculpted thighs in full view for her audience.
Apart from her usual outfits, the leotard looked simple and not so revealing.
Dunne added a note, writing, “@nytimes is this too much?”
How Much Does She Earn As An Influencer?
In a past interview, Dunne got candid about her earnings.
“Seven figures,” she revealed. “That is something I’m proud of. Especially since I’m a woman in college sports.”
Dunne added, “There are no professional leagues for most women’s sports after college.”
Olivia Dunne Wants ‘To Be A Role Model’
As for her online persona, she said, “It’s just about showing as much or as little as you want.”
When the NCAA rules were changed in June 2021, with college athletes allowed to profit off their image and name, the gymnast signed up with a talent agency WME Sports. She also landed a sponsorship deal with an activewear brand, as reported by The Sun.
“I just want to be a role model to young girls,” Dunne, who became a millionaire at 18, told New York Post. “I want to set a good example, and I want to send out a message that we’re more than just our sport. That’s very important to me.”