Gabby Douglas, the girl who not only won two gold medals for herself in the gymnastics category at the Olympics, but also for her team, is now slamming down critics of her hair.
One would think that Olympics is just a matter of sports and that nothing else matters, but that is certainly not the case, as athletes are not only analyzed on their athletic capabilities, but also their style, beauty and even hair!
Recently, Gabby Douglas, a very capable American gymnast, was a target of huge criticism and that too for her hair! Douglas is a 16-year-old American gymnast, who won two gold medals - one in the individual round and one in the team competition – in the London Olympics. However, despite her exceptional performance, she is still drawing criticism for her hair.
Douglas is of African-American descent and according to conventional standards, is supposed to have really curly hair. However, in all her performances, Gabby was seen with somewhat straight hair because she tied them up really tightly into a ponytail and then secured them with pins and tamed them with gel.
This style of hers was not appreciated by women of her own community. Many such women took to Twitter and Facebook to criticize her hair. A lot of these women actually sympathized with Gabby for having straight hair and some even gave their free suggestions, saying that she should get a perm.
However, Gabby Douglas is not in the least bit concerned over this issue and in fact she found the whole affair quite confusing. According to the latest reports, Douglas searched online for herself after winning two gold medals and was shocked to find all this talk going on about her hair.
According to a report by foxsports.com, in response to the whole issue, Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition, 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,'' adding, ''I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.''
Gabby Douglas will be performing today in the gymnastics uneven bar category.