Gabrielle Douglas became the first American gymnast to win gold medals in both the all-around and team competitions at the Olympic games.
Douglas, 16, captured the hearts of many in the world as 35.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the first African-American win the all-around competition last Thursday. Douglas received plenty of shout outs from celebrities as well as President Barack Obama.
But she also received plenty of criticism for her hair. While Douglas was busy competing, she had no idea that Twitter had loads of comments concerning her mane until she Googled herself hours after winning her second gold medal.
Many, which were mostly African-Americans, wondered why Douglas didn’t chemically straighten her hair before she traveled to London. Douglas opted to gel her hair into a ponytail while using clips to keep the stray hairs down.
But regardless of what some of the public believes she doesn’t care what people think.
“I don’t know where this is coming from,” Douglas told USA Today. “What’s wrong with my hair? I just simply gelled it back, put some clips in 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 and out. I don’t think people should be worried about that. Nothing is going to change.
Douglas added, “So you might as well stop with all the comments.”