Despite standing at just 4 feet, 8 inches tall, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is one of the biggest personalities who will take center stage at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this month.
Biles isn't even 20 yet, but she's already won 10 gold medals at the World Championships. However, despite her numerous accolades and career highlights, Biles will always have to deal with the stigma that comes with being short.
But it's not just vertically-challenged people who get discriminated against.
There are stereotypes placed on all athletes based on height.
Oh, you're tall? You must play basketball or volleyball.
Oh, you're short? You must be a gymnast or an ice skater.
Well, Simone Biles has clearly had enough. She decided to post a picture of herself side-by-side with US men's volleyball player David Lee, who stands at 6 feet, 8 inches tall.
size difference in olympians doesn't matter, depending on what sport you do 6'8" & 4'8" pic.twitter.com/xiU9zIBXJH — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 2, 2016
The point of Simone Biles' post – which has been retweeted over 5,000 times – is clear. We need to stop judging and categorizing people – athletes and non-athletes alike – based solely on how they look.
Olympians, athletes, lawyers, doctors and writers come in all shapes and sizes.
If you want to know what someone does for a living or what sport he or she plays, try asking. It'll get you further than assumptions ever will.