In a recent interview, the Olympian said mad hair-ters don't know what they're talking about:
"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.'"
"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."
And as far as not representing her "culture", Gabby thinks that's downright disrespectful:
"I'm not thinking about that. 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."
It's apparent that Douglas is one strong teen because the hair comments have not made not one impact on her winnings.
Do your hair however you like Gabby because no matter what people say, you're the one with the medals!
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