Suni Lee is proud to be an suggestion for young women.
The 19-12 months-vintage gymnast made history whilst she competed for crew u.S.A. On the Tokyo summer time games remaining 12 months. Now not handiest was she the first Hmong American Olympic gymnast, she additionally have become the primary Hmong American Olympic gold medalist whilst she gained the coveted all-round gold.
Lee, who presently competes for Auburn college, pondered on her legacy in a new PSA for Paramount and SeeHer, which advocates for accurate portrayals of girls and women in advertising and marketing and media.
“developing up I didn’t see a variety of Asian American women at the U.S. Gymnastics crew, so that you can be one of the first Hmong individuals to win the Olympic gold medal is simply clearly brilliant,” she stated.
“My gymnastics profession has helped alternate what is anticipated for Hmong women because I determined to create my personal course,” she persevered.
Although Lee shared that it can sometimes be hard “to tell myself that I’m proud of myself,” being able to pave the way for the next generation is something she cherishes.
“I am proud of myself for being somebody that younger girls can look up to,” she said. “If you can see her, you can be her.”
Alongside the video, which was released during AAPI Heritage Month, Lee reiterated how powerful representation is.
“As the first Hmong woman to win gold on the US gymnastics team, I’m proud to inspire the next generation of Asian American women to break molds and dream bigger dreams than they ever thought possible,” she wrote.
Lee’s 30-second video — which debuted earlier this month — will be shown across all Paramount networks through August, including on MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
“We are proud to deliver this powerful PSA featuring Sunisa in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander’s,” Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, U.S. Advertising Sales, Paramount said in a statement. “Paramount is committed to lifting the conversation around accurate female representation, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with SeeHer to share important stories with our audiences everywhere.”
“While AAPI Heritage Month is a time for us to honor Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we know how important it is to celebrate diverse backgrounds all year long,” added SeeHer President Jeannine Shao Collins.
“We’re thrilled that Sunisa is helping to showcase why authentic representation matters, especially for women,” Collins continued.