Gabby Douglas Disses Haters Who Criticized Her Hair: Get The Details

Fri, August 10, 2012 10:03am EST by 7 Comments
Gabby Douglas Hair

The adorable gold medalist had enough pressure trying to win medal, and then came the vicious criticism about her competition hair! Here’s what the fiery gymnast had to say about it!

“They have no idea what they’re talking about,” Gabby Douglas, 16, told Us Weekly at the P&G Family Home about the ridiculous controversy. “You sweat and all the gel and hairspray comes out. Even if we did fix our hair, our coach would be like, ‘This is not a beauty pageant! Leave it alone.”

Gabby explained (as if she needed to!) there isn’t time or room to get glam at a gymnastics competition. “There’s no bathroom,” Douglas said. “We rotate from event to event so there’s no time for them to say ‘Representing the USA, Gabrielle Douglas’ and me to say ‘Yeah, thanks!’ as I’m brushing my hair. It’s like, come on.”

The surprising thing about the controversy, was that most of the backlash came from within the African American community, who felt her chemically-straightened hair, pulled into a ponytail with barrettes and gel, wasn’t representative of her culture. “It’s so disrespectful! I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about bringing a gold medal home,” says Gabby. “I use great Pantene products in my hair. They make my hair silky, shiny and healthy.”

Gabby credits her USA Olympics teammates and her mom as her biggest support system.

“You have to have a momma bear like I do! She’s doing a good job!” says Gabby of her mom, Natalie Hawkins, who defended her daughter, saying,  “How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go?…Are you TRYING to ruin her self confidence?”

The confident champion offers advice for girls facing similar criticism. “Focus on the positive stuff. Short, long, curly, bald, blonde — it’s really no different. You’re beautiful inside and out, just like the Selena Gomez song, ‘Who Says?'” the champ mused. “You can’t change it, and people don’t realize how much that can impact someone. You don’t want to joke around about something like that because that can really hurt a person and impact their lives.”

Gabby, you go girl! You have absolutely nothing to defend. Keep on giving the world that winning attitude!

– Jennifer Tzeses

HollywoodLifers, do you think this “controversy” over Gabby’s hair is as ridiculous as I do? Sound off below!

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Posted at 11:31 PM on February 3, 2014  

People are so crazy She won a Gold medal!

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Posted at 4:01 PM on August 13, 2012  

Am I missing something? What’s wrong with her hair? LOL

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Posted at 12:32 AM on August 13, 2012  

To me Gabby embodies everything a father could wish in his daughter: skill, effort, poise, grace, beauty, joy, and the most beautiful smile ever. And she made all of America proud: for our accomplishments and our dedication to achieve. And to boot, I ask those who mindlessly (I hope it is just foolishness and not envy) criticized her, which other country can show a team with so many ethnicities working together, supporting each other, and then there is the jewel in the crown: Gabby.

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Posted at 12:37 AM on August 11, 2012  

I cannot believe what people will complain about! Gabby is a beautiful girl inside (so it seems) and out as well. Leave the girl alone…let her be the great girl that she is!

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Posted at 1:51 PM on August 10, 2012  

That’s so stupid! She looks fine. It’s not about representing your ethnicity. It’s about representing your country!!!!! What do you expect her to do? Wear bunch of weave and have nappy hair???? honestly it doesn’t matter. As long as she is okay with herself.

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Posted at 11:35 AM on August 10, 2012  

Her hair is nice, leave her alone!

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Posted at 10:50 AM on August 10, 2012  

poor gabby, hair!!!!!! come on!!!!! all the woman wore their hair in phony tails, the only thing you can do, i have not heard or seen any of this in regular news or news papers, just here……….sounds made up to me…………..get a life whoever is saying this crap……….

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