Aly previously explained when the spread came out that her photos are meant to convey a message of respect for women.
This, combined with the fact that gymnasts are often expected to be thin, led her and her teammate Simone Biles, now 20, to believe they didn't have the 'right bodies' for gymnastics.
Other days, by accident, without realizing it, you pick yourself apart.
She would never have posed topless then.
However, she has learned to appreciate her body.
Although she won the bronze in the individual event at the Games, a mistake on her Beam routine during the All-Around competition cost Aly, then 18, a medal.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist sat down for an interview with health writer Cory Stieg, discussing the naked photo shoot as well as her approach to body positivity and her own body image journey.
Raisman has been one of his most vocal public critics since last fall.