Houston’s Greatest of All Time can now add cereal box cover model to her already gravity-defying resume. Simone Biles will grace the cover of Wheaties boxes, the four-time Olympic gold medalist announced on social media.
Noting that she’s joining a “very unique club,” Biles told her fans in a video that she’s joining fellow sports icons Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan on the boxes, as part of the brand’s Century Collection series.
“Growing up, I looked up to Dominique Dawes and Serena Williams,” Biles told her 6.8 million Instagram followers, citing the pioneering Olympic gymnast known as “Awesome Dawesome” and fellow Black sports superstar and tennis champion.
Wheaties, in turn, called Biles a “true champion” and “legend” and informed fans that the boxes will be available nationwide later this month.
The Spring hometown hero pointed out that Wheaties has always spotlight athletes who “go above and beyond their sports and also give back to the world.” Biles is a smart choice, as evidenced by her globally scrutinized, self-imposed break during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which raised awareness on the importance of mental self care, and her public crusade against convicted predator Larry Nassar — which shed light on the plight of victims everywhere.
“It’s always important to see someone who looks like you succeeding, and to share the title of Wheaties Champion with them means the world to me,” Biles said in the video.
And succeed she has. The most decorated gymnast in history scored a bronze medal despite her struggle in 2020 and is engaged to Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens and has been living her best life, if her social posts are any indicator. She also launched a clothing line with athleisure band Athleta.
This isn’t Biles first cover appearance; she was recently named Time Magazine’s Athlete of the Year. Always poised and collected, the GOAT didn’t mind gushing at the Wheaties honor, charmingly posting on Twitter: “My younger self is screaming!!!!!!”