Gabby Douglas Appalled at Critics Focusing on Hair

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who became the first African American to strike gold in the All-Around

It seems as though a vast majority of viewers, while extremely happy for Gabby, thought that her hair wasn’t “up to par” and started criticizing her for wearing her hair in a ponytail, secured by gel and clips. When asked about her many successes, including a lucrative endorsement deal with Kellogg’s, reporters also asked her how she felt about peoples’ opinions on her ‘do.

She responded: “What’s wrong with my hair? I just simply gelled it back, put some clips it and put it in a bun. Are you kidding me? I just made history? And you’re focusing on my hair? I just want to say we’re all beautiful inside out. Nothing is going to change. 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.”

Gabby is absolutely right!

She made history, not only for women, but also for Black women. Yet, instead of being praised for not being 16 and pregnant, audiences were more offended that she didn’t sport a 24-inch Indian Remy weave while performing her routines.

VIBE Vixen writer JasFly shares her take on the fiasco, as well. –Jazmine Henley-Brown

What do you think, Vixens?

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