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The folks over at Fashionista.com snagged an interview with Natalie Hawkins, Gabby Douglas’ mother, who is speaking out in fierce defense of her daughter’s hair.
“How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go. Are you trying to ruin her self confidence?,” Hawkins told Fashionista.com. “She has to go out there and feel good about herself, and if she feels good about herself on that floor, who are you to criticize her? What have you done to help contribute to her dream, that you felt it necessary to put it out there so that she could see it.”
And after Gabby finished dead last in the uneven bars finals yesterday, we can’t help but wonder if the hurtful comments are indeed affecting her performance.
For a young lady who has made history twice over — she is the first African-American to win the all-around title and the first American, period, to win gold in both the all-around and team finals — it’s mind boggling why her hair has continued to dominate the headlines.
Gabby is baffled herself, telling her mom: “Really?! I won two gold medals and made history and my hair is trending?”
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