Une Femme Firsts: Simone Biles

Une Femme Firsts: Simone Biles

At Une Femme we celebrate the everyday women who shatter glass ceilings every day. We wouldn’t be anywhere without the legends who paved the way for women all over the world — the household names, the pioneers, the larger-than-life women who set the stage so the rest of us could shine. So, for the next month, we’ll be celebrating legendary women from all points in history who we look up to the most. 

She hardly needs an introduction, but American gymnast Simone Biles, who is considered to be one of the best gymnasts on the planet, is someone we consider to be especially legendary. At 24-years-old, she already reigns as one of the most decorated gymnasts in history. Her bona fides are impressive: Biles holds the most World medals, period, as well as the most World gold medals and the most World all-around titles. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won five individual gold medals, as well as the team gold. Even with all of those accolades behind her, she’s not stopping yet.

Already, she is making waves in the Tokyo Olympics: ESPN said she performed her “best Yurchenko double pike yet” just during training, alone. This mirrors the rest of her career, in which Biles regularly attempts and pulls off difficult moves most people would never even try. It was also recently revealed that she is the first woman athlete to have a hashtag just for her — type in “#SimoneBiles” or “#Simone” on Twitter and a hashtag graphic of a goat wearing a leotard will appear.

Biles once said, “I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles." In a world where women are constantly compared to men, no matter how accomplished they may be, her defiance is electric. She refuses to take up less space than she deserves and instead dazzles us with her greatness. That’s a legend we want to celebrate. Cheers to you, Simone Biles, for shattering glass ceilings in sports and beyond! Keep checking this space — for the next month we will be publishing inspiring stories of legendary women breaking glass ceilings in all different ways throughout history.