In an unexpected upset, Michelle Carter won Olympic gold in women's shot put with a throw of 20.63 meters.
Carter is a three-time Olympian who took home her first medal. In 2012, she came in sixth, and she currently holds the American record.
The Texas-native won the gold while wearing long false eyelashes and red lipstick. She's a professional makeup artist who believes in the power looking good and performing better.
“When you wake up each morning, brush your teeth, shower and put on nice clothes, it sets the tone for the day,” she told Spikes. “I want to make sure I’m looking my best because it gives me a boost of energy. If I look my best, I perform to my best.”
Throughout her career she's worked to make it clear that her athleticism does not detract from her femininity. She's branded herself the "Shot Diva" and sells apparel and cosmetics online.
She encourage girls to embrace sports and their bodies with her You Throw Girl Confidence Camp.
“You have to understand everyone’s body was built to do something,” Carter told the New Yorker. “I was built to do something, and that’s how I was built. I think the world is realizing we were promoting one body type and there have always been many.”
Carter is the first American woman to medal in the event since 1960.
She was introduced to the sport early. Her father won a silver medal in men's shot put at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.