Gabby Douglas: Is She Her Hair?!?!? REALLY?!?!

**UPDATE**  Gabby responds to hair comments here*

Ok, sooooooo.  Yeah.  After such a historic achievement for herself and all America at the 2012 Olympics in London, for some Gabby Douglas‘s amazing triumph boils down to this…. HUR.  Yup. Gabby’s hair. SERIOUSLY?  Now I am not even gonna lie.  I gave the tv a quick side eye when I saw her the other evening, namely because I initially thought her hair was partly up  which is odd for any sporting event, especially gymnastics.  But then I realized it was indeed in a ponytail with loose hair tucked under, and sides secured.  It wasn’t your typical “bun” style, but I got it… It was up and away from her face.  Made sense to me, and I kept it movin’, watching her (in shear awe and amazement!) while doing some things around the house.  Honestly, typing this out took WAY more thought and time  than spent thinking about her hair.  Unfortunately, not so much for others.  Her hairstyle or lack thereof had/has some folk ALL>A>TWITTER. SO much so that CNN  covered it. YESSS! If it were not so, I would have told you!!   AND they had Curly Nikki weigh in (Go’Head Nikki!), who brought an interesting perspective to the table.  Check it…

You can also read USA’s brief post on the same topic here. It is amazing to me that this is a topic of discussion  at such a time as this. But then again, I am not so amazed. Lets not deny how serious hair is in the African-American community.  I know for me growing up, you did not get the mail with  your night cap on and BEDDA NOT mess up your Sunday style. So I get where the negative comments are coming from. They are not foreign to me by any means. Now I do expect comments like that from Aunt Mabel n’dem. But this much younger Twitter generation??!!!???! Aren’t we a bit more free than that?!?!?!

You know what?? I think if we all spent less time worrying about our hair and image and spent more time honing our God given talents, there would be more beautiful music, more beautiful art, happier children, cleaner air, and so forth. Trust, I am speaking to myself first and foremost. See, that is what true talent on display does or should do to people, you know? Stir up those “there’s gotta be more” feelings inside of us that causes one to wake up an hour earlier the next day to jump start their “new life”.   But ^^THAT^^?!?!?! Hhhhhhhhhhhh.  #EMBARRASSED.  So what are your thoughts?  Thanks in advance for your thoughtful input and showing respect for the opinions of others.  Gabby Douglas

Go’Head Baby!


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4 replies on “Gabby Douglas: Is She Her Hair?!?!? REALLY?!?!

  • Jessica Green

    I for one think she’s amazing and am thrilled she is a roll model for my daughter. Since my daughter is natural do I wish she was natural, yes because the more girls she sees in positive rolls with natural hair the better but am I going to say anything negative, no, her hair does not define her or her abilities. She’s an amazing young lady with amazing talent and that’s what people should be talking about!

  • Mindy

    As the mother of a beautiful big hair little girl I am so pleased that she has someone like Gabby to look up to. We need to be worrying more about building our girls’s self esteem and less about teaching them to be insecure! Love that you celebrate natural beauty both inside and out!

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