Gabby Douglas: No more drama
U.S. gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas should have been on cloud nine after her impressive win at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but her golden moment was overshadowed by controversy. The young gymnast was hit with critique over the way her hair looked while she was competing.
Douglas' mom, Natalie Hawkins, openly slammed the criticism in an interview with Fashionista website shortly after the controversy in late summer 2012, telling readers that haters had no right to come at Douglas for such a mundane thing.
"How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go," Hawkins told the news outlet. "Are you TRYING to ruin her self confidence? She has to go out there and feel good about herself, and if she feels good about herself on that floor, who are YOU to criticize her?"
Despite Hawkins coming to her daughter's aid, Douglas has stayed quiet about the issue until now. The gold medalist recently opened up to Huffington Post Live about the incident. Douglas shared that she decided not to focus on the controversy because it would have ruined her huge accomplishment. Instead, she opted to enjoy the fact that she not only won the all-around gold medal, but also that she was the first African American woman to do so in the category.
Were you surprised people attacked Douglas for her hair? Do you think she handled it correctly?