In Defense of Gabby Douglas’ Hair – 16 Yr Old Olympic Winner

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Seriously? Douglas is an incredible athlete. When you’re doing something like this on a 3.9-inch wide wooden beam set four feet above the ground, the last thing you’re worrying about is your hair.

Gabby Douglas is proudly representing her country in the Olympics. She’s poised under pressure, performing gravity-defying athletic feats in front of an international audience. She’s 16 and the second female African American U.S. gymnast to ever make the team. But instead of lauding her achievements, some people are slamming her for… not getting her hair done

Some critics insist that Douglas needs to properly represent the African American community, and how her hair looks is part of that. And yet, most of the negative comments about her hair are coming from other African Americans.

“I find it sad that I have seen more Black women post criticizing comments about Gabby’s hair than I have comments of praise about her athleticism or adding color to USA Gymnastics since Dominique Dawes,” writes Monisha Randolph at

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One comment on “In Defense of Gabby Douglas’ Hair – 16 Yr Old Olympic Winner
  1. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I had not heard of this issue until I just read it here. I do agree 100% though. She is amazingly talented and is focused on doing her best and why her hair should even be a topic is beyond me. People need to cheer her on, not make nasty comments about her hair…how sad.

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