In an act against “sexualization,” the German women’s gymnastics team wore full-body uniforms during their Olympic routines. The German Gymnastics Federation officially branded the statement as against “sexualization” and that it is about feeling comfortable.

“It’s about what feels comfortable, we wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear,” German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz said in a statement.

Most gymnasts in any setting will wear a leotard. The leotard is meant to help the gymnasts have as much flow as possible while not having to worry about anything getting caught when they are flipping around but can be easily “sexualized.”

The German gymnasts' bodysuits give a whole new way of looking at what the uniforms can offer, with a tight suit that fits their bodies snug and gives them the same satisfaction of not having to worry. 

Sexualization has been a problem in the Olympics for many years and the German gymnasts took showing awareness into their own hands this year.

A report from Augsburg honor review goes over the question, “Olympic Athletes or Beauty Queens? The Sexualization of Female Athletes.”

The report states, “While male athletes are applauded for their strength, agility, and skill, female athletes are sexualized. From the midriff-baring bikinis of beach volleyball to the leggy leotards of gymnastics, women's entertainment value stems from the sexualization of their bodies instead of their athletic abilities. While male uniforms most often favor longer shorts and baggy t-shirts, female uniforms usually consist of tight-fitting leotards, spandex, short dresses, or skirts.”

This time around, the gymnasts are aiming for a new image.

“The aim is to present themselves aesthetically – without feeling uncomfortable,” said the German Gymnastics Federation in a statement. 

The federation explains that this movement is to shine a light on sexualization in gymnastics. 

"That doesn’t mean we don’t want to wear the normal leotard anymore. It is a decision day by day, based on how we feel and what we want. On competition day, we will decide what to wear," said Seitz.

She explained that it's more about choice and being able to choose what they want to wear. It should be about what they feel they can compete best in that day. Sometimes that might mean not wearing a body-revealing leotard, other times the leotard could benefit a routine most.