I really tried to stay away from the subject of Gabby Douglas and her hair, but seeing that she’s recently commented on this disastrous subject I felt the need to touch on it just a little bit.
By now you should know Gabby Douglas has gone from being a normal 16-year-old Gymnast, to making history as the first African-American woman to win the All Around in the Olympics. While I was personally making Instagram photos, and happy tweets about Gabby Douglas and her talents, a few other woman [and men] were focusing on Gabby’s [who they call "The Flying Squirrel"] hair. I honestly don’t know how you could possibly watch her fly across your screen and still have something negative to say about her, but I’ll talk more about that in a video.
Below is what Gabby Douglas has to say to all the critics who are for some odd reason, so concerned about her hair:
What’s wrong with my hair? I just simply gelled it back, put some clips it and put it in a bun.
Are you kidding me? I just made history? And you’re focusing on my hair? I just want to say we’re all beautiful inside out. Nothing is going to change.”
I don’t think people should be worried about that. 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.’
She also says:
“I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
The simple fact that woman of color are saying things like ‘Why didn’t she flat-iron her hair?’, knowing good and well even if she did, her hair would still be a mess after her routines is honestly mind-bottling to me. It truly shows why people of color always take one step forward and 25 steps back.