Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Gets A Hair Makeover From Famed Stylist Ted Gibson
We can’t say we’re suprised! America’s newest sweetheart Gabby Douglas may have told hair critics that “nothing is going to change,” but the Olympic gold medalist probably never heard of the beauty of a free makeover.
The 16-year-old gymnast made history during the 2012 Olympics in London when she became the first African-American ever and the third gymnast from the United States to win the All-Around gold medal. And, while the young phenom was on top of the world, it seemed that the public was instead preoccupied with what was on top of her head. Enter famed celebrity stylist Ted Gibson. The shear genius and What Not To Wear star decided to give the teen a makeover worthy of all her gold medals to shift the focus back to what really matters.
“I couldn’t believe it and still can’t,’’ Gibson says of the controversy that arose surrounding Gabby’s heavily gel-slicked hairstyle worn during the Olympic Games. “You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful. Women of color spend millions and millions of dollars on their hair to look good, so we know how seriously we take the issue of hair. Oprah Winfrey told me once when I was on her show that ‘our hair is our crowning glory.’ I have to say I agree with Oprah.”
When it came to sprucing up Gabby’s “crowning glory,” the stylist that has worked on the tresses of some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Gabrielle Union, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Greene and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s daughter Zahara, decided beforehand it would be best to keep things simple. “Together with her vision, I hope we can create something that’s easy and looks great no matter what she’s doing or where she is,” Gibson said. “I hope to create something that makes her feel good about herself as well. That’s so important and a big part of what I do for all the women I work with.”
The result was an easy, breezy shoulder-length style that should be easy for the teen to maintain even without the help of the hair guru, which is a good thing because a session with Gibson can run upwards of $950 a pop. “I’m excited because she’s so young and I have a chance for input in the brand of Gabby,” Gibson said. “There are so many opportunities for someone like her to shine, and I get to be part of that on the ground floor. It’s pretty cool.”