Who really cares about hair when you’re winning GOLD at the Olympic games?
Apparently some non-factor online haters do…
Olympic champion Gabby Douglass has a lot to be proud of this summer. Interestingly, with all that we have to focus in on in regards to this Olympic champion, there seems to be more commentary on the texture of her hair than the accolades she’s been able to achieve in London.
Her biggest feat, being the first African-American to earn the gold in Olympic gymnastics for the women’s all-around title.
Gabby explains her triumph:
“You never want to doubt yourself. You have to go out there and be a beast.”
Sadly a few online scabs have decided to offer their thoughts on Gabby and her recent fame:
“I love how she’s doing her thing and winning,’’ says 22-year-old Latisha Jenkins of Detroit told The Daily Beast. “But I just hate the way her hair looks with all those pins and gel. I wish someone could have helped her make it look better since she’s being seen all over the world. She representing for black women everywhere.’’
Apparently the “love” is short-lived for those petty individuals.
And yes, the 4-foot-11 Douglas does appear to have chemically relaxed natural hair, to which she has added a human-hair ponytail for height. And while, she slicks her hair back with a heavy layer of gel to encourage it to stay in place during her high-energy performances – she’s still able to do what most can only dream of accomplishing.
Let’s be real, the Olympics are a very unforgiving sport.
You tighten up or hold up or mess up, even minutely, and it can wipe out everything — a scenario that never even entered the wonderfully oblivious psyche of Gabby Douglas, the third consecutive Olympic all-around champion from the U.S., who now has a team gold and the biggest prize in gymnastics and isn’t done yet.
“We knew she was good, but didn’t know about her nerves and endurance and how it would all hold up,” her coach Bela Karolyi said.
“You just have to believe,” Gabby Douglas said.