Gabby Douglas Opens Up About Her Hair
Gabby Douglas finally addresses the negative comments about her hair.
When you make Olympic history by becoming not only the first African American gymnast to win gold in the all-around, but the first gymnast of any race to win both the all-around and team competition, your hair should be the last thing on anyone’s mind. That wasn’t the case when Douglas represented the USA in the best way possible last week at the London games.
The internet buzzed more about her locks than her medals. Among the juvenile comments were “beady beads”, “chicken head”, “brown hair gel”, and “tacky clips.” Okay, so she didn’t spend hours at a salon to get the best weave…Something tells us that she was busier with more important things, like, maybe practicing her craft? But really, there was nothing wrong with her hair. It was pulled back in a simple and sensible ponytail. What other style should she have had to flip around?
The “flying squirrel” of the US Women’s gymnastics team finally broke her silence and spoke out about her hair:
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair? I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’ It can be bald or short, it doesn’t matter about (my) hair. Nothing is going to change. I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
When it boils down to it, Gabby Douglas is a history maker at only 16. What can the people talking crap about her hair say they did at that age?