Alex's Response to the Gabby Douglas Hair Controversy

Hi Everyone!

I have read all your tweets, facebook , messages and emails. Whewww!! I was able to finally upload my youtube video regarding my response to Gabby’s Hair Controversy. I wanted to clear up some misconceptions and clarify a few things regarding Sporty Afros and the controversy. Just fyi- I am very tired!

Gabby has heard all the comments and finally spoke back regarding the comment. According to Huffington Post, Gabby was surprised by the backlash of the hair issue.
I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?

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.


Just so you guys know. 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.”

The bubbly teenager is 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.

“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.”

*2 snaps!




  • I can’t believe it is 2012 and we are still having THIS discussion about H.A.I.R. It is very sad that THIS story has gone viral.
    Last year, I learned that I was insulin-resistant, one step away from being a diabetic. I got mad and finally got off the couch. I am still in the process of losing weight, but after I cut my hair, I went in to overdrive. In short, my health comes first. I want to live to be 100. So if it means not having straight hair, then so be it. I love MY HAIR. I haven’t seen it since I was 11 years old. I worship it because it defies gravity. Cutting my hair changed attitude because I have finally released myself from the pressure of fitting in myopic beauty standard.
    The only negative comments have been from BLACK women with relaxed hair and weaves.
    Gabby’s story is about sacrifice and dreams. That’s it. It’s about a single black mother who believed enough to go into debt like so many parents do to see that her daughter reaches her goals. I don’t care how she looked during her routines.

  • lunanoire says:

    I put down the hot comb to start swimming as a middle schooler. 20 years later, I am still swimming. My mama said, “Don’t let your hair get in the way of what you enjoy.” At some point I realized that a wig/weave is less invasive and cheaper than a pacemaker.

    Were these people paying attention to the actual routines? Did they notice that it’s common for gymnasts to have tons of chalk on their hands, so much so that they have to avoid touching their face or hair. Gymnastics is not track. It requires much more balance and the focus to maintain that balance. Some other sports show women with their hair pulled back, but not as well secured as gymnasts. Gymnasts do not need the distraction of a stray hair to throw them off and fall off the equipment.

    By the way, it was interesting how the root changed its author from a writer to an essence writer. Lots of people could use the information available on this site!

    • alexandria says:

      Good point. I don’t know why the root did that either. sigh.. let them know and retweet, comment, share our information. 🙂

      And I love your quote “Don’t let your hair get in the way of what you enjoy!”

  • Bernadette says:

    Sadly, this kind of stuff happens all of the time, even at a young age. I used to be a 4th grade teacher, and my female students were all about tearing each other down — with comments about hair, clothes (they even wore the same type of uniform!), and even school materials!!

    I love Gabby’s response, though, she’s comfortable with being herself and is going to keep being awesome!

    • alexandria says:

      Yes I love her comments too. That is really sad at how kids are now and shows the sad world we are living in.

  • pam says:

    We face enough crap & being uncomfortable in our daily lives around “the others” that we should never put down another sister or brother. Didn’t your parents teach you that what’s said or done at home; stays at home! The web, twitter and facebook at not “at home” places. Take it to heart people and rise above it all. NOT ONE MORE NEGATIVE WORD.

    • alexandria says:

      * 3 snaps in a circle. Yes people now need to understand their words travel far greater on social media.

  • SimplyMe says:

    I don’t know what the big deal is about Gabby’s hair. Were people so blind that they didn’t notice that many of the gymnists that had shorter hair actually had several barettes and pins to keep their hair in place. Come on people can we focus on what is important and just be happy for her in her accomplishments!!

  • Alexandria says:

    Thank you so much ladies! I love her response too. Time to focus. No more negative words!

  • Tracey says:

    The only thing I can say is compare the obesity rate among African American Women and then take number and see how many of them have chemically treated hair. Look at the physique of Gabby Douglas, then comment. I have been natural consistently for almost a year and sadly enough, I get the same response that she does and I am not a celebrity so I can only imagine how she feels. I LOVE MY HAIR MORE NOW THAN WHEN IT WAS RELAXED!

  • lunanoire says:

    It’s unfortunate that nobody told Gabby to not google herself until after the competition was over. I wonder if the negative attention got to her and affected her performance. Her mother’s response was spot on: “Don’t you want Gabby to feel good about herself?”

    • Alexandria says:

      It’s a sad situation but I am glad she handled it with class. I am glad there are more people singing praises now and defending her.

  • Afua says:

    You should read the article T.F. Charlton wrote on how the media’s focus on Gabby’s hair alludes to a greater issue with Black females succeeding than an issue with Gabby’s hair. I found it interesting!

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