While personally, I don’t think Gabby’s hair was any different than any of her other (White) teammates, she was highly criticized for it. As if her hair really mattered more than her athletic ability.
Douglas found the media focus on her hair absurd.
Here’s what Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition, has to say about all the hair talk…
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.
And Gabby didn’t change a thing.
Clearly… Gabby doesn’t care what y’all think about her hair.
“Nothing is going to change,” she said.
“I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.” (source)
POW! That that…. critics!