Electrifying gymnast Gabby Douglas caused a stir at the London 2012 Olympic games not only for her triumphant gold medal win, but the appearance of her hair.
A Twitter frenzy emerged when the talented 16-year-old Gabby Douglas stepped out with a hairdo not fitting for an Olympic games, in some peoples opinion, with many Africa-American ladies denigrating Douglas’ barnet.
Gabby made a habit of sporting her hair in a loose bun with pins scattered about to hold any stray hairs in place, but apparently it wasn’t good enough. So the star gymnast later told USA Today: “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?”
But it seems as though Gabs didn’t let the insults pass her by completely as it has emerged that the Olympic champ has just had a new hair makeover by star hairdresser Ted Gibson, dubbed one of the most talented scissor-wielding pros in Hollywood.
Ted Gibson and Gabby Douglas with her new barnet - Twitter/TedGibson
And even he couldn’t see what all the fuss was about, telling the Daily Beast: "I couldn't believe it and still can't.’’
"You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful," he continued.
The pint-sized Team USA gymnast was the first African American female to win the All-Around gold, and all people could do was criticise her scraped back locks. Tut tut. But doesn't she look gorgeous for it now!
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