Gabby Douglas is no stranger to the lime-light. She became a household name back in 2012 being the first African American to receive a gold medal in gymnastics. Now in 2016 she is at it again, defying odds and being a role model to young girls at home.
Just like in 2012, instead of Gabby Douglas’ achievements being the headlines, it ended up being her hair. The things people have been saying about Gabby’s hair have been absolutely ridiculous. Not only is she setting new standards in the African American community but she handling the criticism with grace
Many women on Twitter are concerned about Gabby & Simone’s edges being laid versus her ability to do the sport. Let’s take time to break this down for a second. You don’t see many African American women in the sport of gymnastics to begin with. Not to mention the amount of strength and agility that comes to attempt the sport. These ladies practice 20+ hours a week, which can do a number on the hair. Who goes to the gym all dolled up anyway?
Matter of fact anyone dragging Gabby Douglas hair we want to see you flip on a balance beam RIGHT now. We'll wait. pic.twitter.com/J1DflllRxv
— Coco Bandicoot™ (@ShesSweetVenom) August 10, 2016
Gabby Douglas is an artistic gymnast. Her main focus is to win. Not impress ppl online. It's not a beauty pageant. pic.twitter.com/w0Cu6n5hpm
— Chihiro Ogino (@WickedBeaute) August 9, 2016
Some expect Gabby & Simone to have in a $300 sew-in while doing flips on the balance beam — I think not.
Gabby’s hair received even more attention when she showed us her hair after the curtains were closed on the olympics. Here is a photo that is taking over the internet regarding her gorgeous hair.
She certainly did SLAY from head to toe. Regardless of how they choose to wear their hair, they are both extremely skilled athletes with a bright future ahead of them. So much talent at a young age, and it will only get better from here. We are proud of both Gabby and Simone for the stunning performance they put on during the 2016 Olympics.