Ex-Marshall Volleyball Star Kayla Simmons Details Severe Criticism From College Over Posting Sexy Photos (PICS)
Being an athlete in college is never easy, but it’s even harder when you’re sharing scantily clad photos of your body to thousands of people that you do not know.
Kayla Simmons might’ve been okay with doing it, but her college certainly wasn’t thrilled.
The former Marshall volleyball star recently spoke with the New York Post and alleged that the university not only talked to her about her posts, but tried to get her to delete her entire Instagram as well.
“College athletics was a great experience for me, but it also taught me some valuable lessons. I was told by my school administrators that the pictures I post are inappropriate because of my body, I was even asked to delete my Instagram at one point. I was torn bc I felt I couldn’t embrace my body & play the sport I love. I’ve since learned that you can’t let other people affect how you feel about yourself,” she continued.
Simmons said the experience made her feel “ashamed.”
“It was kind of shocking I guess cause I was following all the rules of a student-athlete at Marshall,” Simmons said. “They really just made me feel ashamed I guess, of my body. I felt like I had to choose if I wanted to be an athlete or feeling confident and being able to feel beautiful.”
Back in June of 2019, Simmons made her pitch to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit by posting her casting video online, and while the beauty has yet to hear back from them, she hopes her story inspires others to not be deterred from achieving their goals.
“I hope that young women just know that it’s okay to just be yourself and feel confident,” Simmons said. “I think you should always stand up for yourself and what you believe in and never let someone make you feel ashamed of your body, and don’t let other people affect how you feel about yourself, and be proud of who you are.”