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Gabby Douglas Responds To Hair Controversy

Submitted by on August 7, 2012 – 9:37 am5 Comments

Just like many of you who’ve been following the Olympics, I was truly disgusted when some people chose to focus on gymnast Gabby Douglas‘ hair rather than her history making achievement of becoming the first African American to earn a gold medal as the women’s gymnastics all-around champion. Finally, the Virginia Beach native is speaking out on the controversy. On Sunday while speaking to several media outlets, Gabby said:

“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.”

“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.”

So for everyone who’s criticized the condition of her hair, the question remains: how fabulous did your hair look the last time you were making history? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

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    Its doubtful that the comments made by African American women are void of some of their own personal insecurities and strife when regarding the rejection of their own natural looks. The desire to be polished has caused some people to aspire to ‘white standards’ of beauty while this young athlete has rejected all concern for conformity, and instead had embraced her unrefined African hair to focus on what is important. What is equally beguiling is why the question of this athlete’s looks even entered the equation.

  • Pamela Harper says:

    I’m very proud of Gabby. She’s a beautiful black young woman with exceptional talent. She represented very well! Gabby, don’t let any one still your thunder or your joy. You are beautiful inside and out. You have a beautiful smile and you look so cute and poised when you perform. You also speak very well. You took the world by storm and we are very proud of yoy. Why would a reporter ask you something stupid about a hair controversy? You earned the highest honor in gymnastics. Congratulations Gabby, you are an American Queen.

  • Karen says:

    It is obvious to me that this strong and talented young woman is the target of both RACISM and SEXISM. I hope that Gabby knows how proud most of us Americans are of her, and that we don’t give a flying F*** about her hair. Good for you, Gabby for standing your ground and representing all of America! God Bless!

  • Barbara says:

    O.K. Enough about Gabby’s hair style. I think that we have given the haters, the racist and all of the other small minded people who started this insane post to much print and air time. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Let’s stay focused on what matters here! Great job Gabby! You did us proud!!!

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