Following her historic making gold medal wins as the first African American woman to win both the team and individual all around competition, sixteen year old gymnast Gabby Douglas has caught wind of all the criticism over her hair.
Critics caused a big commotion over her hair when they ridiculed her for adding gel and clips to hold-up a disheveled ponytail. On the matter Gabby says,
“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 hair.”
“Nothing is going to change,” she continued. “I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
“I don’t think people should be worried about that. We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.”
For a sixteen year old it’s clear Gabby is more mature than most adults. Very well said Gabby!
And I totally agree. Gabby’s accomplish is such a highlight in American/black history it’s a shame something as minor as how her hair is kept should over shadow that! How petty of anyone to belittle her.
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