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Dina Asher-Smith
Last updated: May 13, 2021

Boobs. Cramps. Periods. Taboo topics? Not for Dina Asher-Smith. See how she’s changing the conversation for the next generation of female athletes.

Early on in her career, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith learned to stop chasing the unattainable. Now, this World Champion Sprinter is breaking more than records: She’s dismantling age-old perceptions of what it’s like to be a woman in sport by talking about the stuff women used to only whisper about. We sat down with Dina to discuss her desire to become a new kind of role model—one she wishes she had as a young girl.

How did sport inspire a shift in how you view your body?

DINA ASHER-SMITH:
Sport has always defined the way that I view my body. Whether I've pushed my own expectations or whether I've broken a record, that's where my sense of pride comes from. But when I step out of the sporting world and speak to young girls, I realize, Oh, no, their sense of pride comes from other places. They compare their bodies, and that can bring anxieties.

“Sport has always defined the way that I view my body.”

– Dina Asher-Smith

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There’s the perception that to be an athlete, you need to be this perfect version of yourself. What kind of advice can you give to women who believe that perception?

DINA: I'd always encourage people to just stop chasing perfection. I would chase excellence. I would chase trying to be brilliant. Don't be down on yourself if you don't fit a model of perfection. You can be great without being perfect.

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“Don't be down on yourself if you don't fit a model of perfection. You can be great without being perfect.”

– Dina Asher-Smith

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Why is it important for you to talk about things such as boobs, cramps and periods—especially to younger women?

DINA: When I came into elite sport, it was one of those things that was very hush-hush. When I talk to younger girls about my experiences, one of the biggest questions I tend to get is around sport bras, going through puberty and participating in a sporting lifestyle. It’s important that we’re honest about these things.

“It’s important that we’re honest about these things.”

– Dina Asher-Smith

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If you could share a couple of things with young girls about what it really means to be a female athlete, what would it be?

DINA: I would say it is so much fun. It's given me so much confidence. I've pushed myself to places I didn't even think were possible. You can be brilliant at whatever you set your mind to. But I think sport is a fantastic way that you can experience that in real time. You can redefine yourself every single day.

“You can be brilliant at whatever you set your mind to.”

– Dina Asher-Smith

Director: Ruth Ossai @ruthossaistudio
Photographer: Sophie Jones @sophographylondon

Join Dina and Nike on a journey to Play New. Together.

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Find Your Perfect Bra

“One of the biggest questions I get from young girls is about finding the right sports bra,” Dina told us. We feel that. That’s why we created a comprehensive guide to finding the right sports bra for your chest size and activity level. Because the last thing you need to worry about is your sports bra.

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Find Your Perfect Bra

“One of the biggest questions I get from young girls is about finding the right sports bra,” Dina told us. We feel that. That’s why we created a comprehensive guide to finding the right sports bra for your chest size and activity level. Because the last thing you need to worry about is your sports bra.

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