Olivia Dunne became a millionaire at the age of 18 due to her rising fame on social media handles like TikTok and Instagram.
Olivia Dunne is a 20-year-old American elite-level gymnast at Louisiana State University (LSU). Along with her roaring career, she has managed to gain a huge following on her TikTok and Instagram accounts.
Previously, the NCAA had a rule that prohibited college athletes from capitalizing their name and fame through external deals like brand collaborations and partnerships. But in June 2021 things changed for all athletes when the NCAA changed this rule.
Life changed drastically for Dunne, who had already gained more than a million followers on her TikTok account. She soon started partnering with organizations like WME sports, an agency that represents Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, and brands like American Eagle and Vuori. In the span of a year, the gymnast has been able to earn more than $1 million.
Olivia Dunne on TikTok
Earlier the star used to just post her gymnastics videos.
But then she started showing the viewers other aspects of her life too, which drastically increased her following.
Olivia Dunne and the New York Times
Things got a bit heated up recently and rightly so when the New York Times published a piece titled “New Endorsements for College Athletes Resurface an Old Concern: Sex Sells”. According to this piece, the policy change by the NCAA will not work in women’s favor, as the focus will divert to the woman’s body, instead of her athletic achievements.
This piece has gained severe criticism from readers due to its sexist and misogynist undertone. Dunne also responded to the article by posting a picture of her in a leotard on her Instagram. She also wrote “Is this too much?” under the picture.
People have also shared their views on Twitter, where many have pointed out that nobody bats an eye when male athletes capitalize on their good looks. So why is this conversation happening in the case of a woman?