LSU Gymnast Olivia Dunne Responds to Criticism By Continuing to Succeed

The 2023 SI Swimsuit model is featured in the August issue of ‘Elle.’
Olivia Dunne

At the age of 20, Olivia Dunne has already experienced major success. She is the highest-paid female college athlete in the country, and earlier this year, she posed for the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue. This fall, the social media influencer will enter her senior year at LSU, where she’s a star on the gymnastics team.

The New Jersey native recently sat down with Elle to talk about everything from her sport to her rabid social media fanbase. Dunne also touched on the critique she receives, both online and in real life, from those who believe she hasn’t earned her success.

“If you’re a woman at the forefront of something, when you’ve got eyes on you, people are going to downplay your success and say that you’re not doing it right, that you don’t deserve all the opportunities,” she told the publication. “I don’t want to say ‘F you,’ but the best way to get that to stop is to keep being successful at what you’re doing, because your success, and love for what you do, will outshine any of that.”

When Elle shared images from the photoshoot on Instagram on July 25, the post drew mixed comments but received mostly praise from Livvy’s many supporters.

“👏 @livvydunne,” Haley Cavinder commented. 

“She is such an amazing athlete and I love her confidence and energy❤️❤️,” one fan added.

“Look at this inspirational woman shine 🔥🔥,” someone else applauded.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.