Hype Vent: We Should Not Have To Defend Gabby Douglas’ Hair

Gabby Douglas

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Gabby Douglas won her third Olympic gold medal and wowed us with her uneven bar routine this week in Rio, but all social media seems to want to talk about is her edges. HER EDGES.

In 2012, the 20-year-old became the first woman of color of any nationality and the first Black gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. Four years later and she’s bringing home a team gold. But, instead of celebrating her talent and dedication, fans and celebs have to keep clapping back on fools more worried about her messy bun than her perfect dismount.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we at Hype Hair are all about a good hair slay. But the only thing that should be on your mind when flipping, tumbling and somersaulting and representing your country is your coach’s voice and sticking a landing. Not whether your pony is on fleek (expect to make sure it’s not in your face). Or, whether your fans are taking beauty notes.

And, I’m quite disappointed that much of the ado about nothing is from other Black women. As if they don’t already know the struggles to find good hair products on the road or new growth or sweating out their hair. Shame on them and anyone reading this who thinks this all good. And, shame on those rearing their ugly little racist heads to focus on differences in hair rather than Gabby repping the country. I swear I had better not see a new Allure tutorial on how to get “curly” edges next year. Just saying.

We should be cheering, not defending. So, all of you keyboard warriors who are enjoying the comforts of your couch or local Starbucks, please have several seats – and stay there. Stop trying to distract us from greatness.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty director for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the top hair and beauty directory for women of color.