Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas isn’t nearly as concerned about her hair as everyone else is.
Despite the fact that she is the first African-American woman to win gold in the Olympics women’s gymnastic individual all-around competition—and the first U.S. gymnast ever to win team gold and individual gold—the masses are still shocked and appalled about her hair.
Gabby slicks back her hair using gel and hair clips to keep her tresses out of her face while competing. As the world has seen, it may not be the most stylish ‘do, but it’s more than served its purpose.
That’s why Gabby revealed that she can’t understand why her hair has captured the attention of so many people.
”I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?” Gabby told the Associated Press. ”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.”
But since she plans to keep it long, Gabby suggests that America get used to looking at her locks just as they are.
”Nothing is going to change,” she said. ”I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
Besides, the young champion would rather folks focus on her amazing accomplishments.
”I don’t think people should be worried about that,” she said. ”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.”
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