'I just made history so what's wrong with my hair' Olympic star Gabby Douglas hits back at critics who say her look is unkempt
The 16-year-old double gold medal winner became the topic of debate on Twitter last week as critics argued that her ponytail looks messy
A legion of supporters took to the social networking site to defend the teenage superstar
12:41 GMT, 6 August 2012
Women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas likes her hairstyle just fine, thanks.
The 16-year-old said yesterday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look.
'I don't know where this is coming from. What's wrong with my hair' said Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition. 'I'm like, “I just made history and people are focused on my hair” It can be bald or short, it doesn't matter about [my] hair.'
Debate: U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, who has won her second gold medal, has been criticised for her hair style. Twitter users have used the site to express disapproval, while others are defending the champion
Winner: The teenager, above, became the fourth straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize
Douglas uses gel, clips and a ponytail holder to keep things in place while she competes, a style she's worn for years.
'Nothing is going to change,' she
said. 'I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals.
You might as well just stop talking about it.'
have argued that her dark locks should in fact mimic the tight,
ballerina-style bun that gymnasts usually tuck their hair into.
'I don't think people should be
worried about that,' she said. 'We're all champions and we're all
winners. I just say that it's kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to
think about my hair.'
Tousled: Critics believe Miss Douglas, above, should have had her hair put up in a neat ballerina-esque bun
The bubbly teenager was the first
African-American gymnast to win her sport's biggest prize. She had no
idea she was lighting up social media until she Googled herself hours
after winning her gold medal.
In the Flying Squirrel's defense, her
hair had been kept securely in place with ample gel and hair clips as
she has leaped and twirled her way to glory.
One user wrote on Twitter: 'Gabby Douglas gotta [sic] do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it!'.
Another posted: 'In Olympic news, why hasn't anyone tried to fix Gabby Douglas' hair'.
To which a further user replied: 'That's an Olympic sport too!'.
The teenage superstar was also defended on Twitter by her supporters.
Not a fan: One user, above, took to the social networking site to announce his disapproval over her hair
Critic: Another Twitter user, above, stated that fixing the teenager's hair would prove an Olympic sport itself
user wrote: 'People busy talking about Gabby Douglas not having her
hair done She's busy sweating & WINNING GOLD MEDALS… you're on
person wrote: 'If you want to ride Gabby Douglas for her hair, you
should be open to her coming over to critique your muscle tone'.
further user wrote: 'Gaby [sic] Douglas may not have her hair done, but
she accomplished something more than half of us didn't. Focus'.
Peculiarly, Miss Douglas' hair is possibly the neatest out of her whole team leading many to wonder what all the fuss is about.
Her teammates, Jordyn
Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross, have each been
spotted with unruly strands of hair poking out of their buns and
Support: Other users have defended the young athlete, as shown above. They believe the topic is nonsense
Defense: Another user, above, expressed expressed that critics should watch what they say
It may be Miss Douglas' incredible talents that have put her into the firing line as she outshines the rest of the competition.
For whatever reason, it is not the first time the styling of black hair has come under debate.
Solange Knowles was forced to defend her natural afro, which she wears proudly, after it was slammed by critics who called it 'unkempt' and 'dry as heck'.
One even compared her natural locks to those of a homeless person.
Miss Douglas finished
last week with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova
of Russia, to win claim the
While her U.S. teammates hopped up and
down in the stands, Miss Douglas simply grinned. Up in the stands, her
mother, Natalie Hawkins, hugged her children and Missy Parton, whose
family Miss Douglas lives with in West Des Moines, Iowa.