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“We may have hit peak crystal,” said the official outfitter of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, wants her five young athletes to be confident when they walk onto the competition floor in Rio.

Competition leotards “are like little prom dresses,” Karolyi said in a conference call with the media in late July. “It will give them a very good feeling to go out there with a good look and with a good preparation paired together.”

This year the gymnasts blinged it on with almost 5,000 crystals per leotard. Of course, nothing shines better than gold. (Exerpts from USA Today)

Not only does this — a focus on the outfits rather than the athleticism — needlessly incite an unnecessary wardrobe battle, the headlines were misinformed as to what this Muslim woman’s attire actually was. Furthermore, it would seem that mainstream media will only speak of Muslim women athletes if it can serve up stereotypical tropes. The sooner that media stop making an article of clothing the sole focus of a female athlete’s identity, the faster sport for all women can be elevated.