It is still perplexing how gymnast Gabby Douglas‘ hair got almost more attention than her gold-medal winning performance during the Olympic Season 2012. After her win a twitter toll of people stating their opinions on the gymanst’s hair was unleashed:
This unbelievable wave of popular outrage gives evidence for the fact that the way we style our hair is a statement – whether we want to or not, society will make a statement out of it.
However, it is important how we deal with this: Will we conform to what we [as a gymnast, an artist, a manager,…] are expected to look like? Will we simply not care about what other people say and silently endure their „know-it-all manner“ or will we go on the offensive like 16-year-old Gabby did?
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair? I just simply gelled it back, put some clips in it and put it in a bun. Are you kidding me? I just made history. And you’re focusing on my hair? I just want to say, we’re all beautiful inside out. I don’t think people should be worried about that. Nothing is going to change.”
Luckily Gabby Douglas got big support not only from the twitter community but also from bloggers like Monisha Randolph who brings some perspective into the issue an emphasizes that many of us “are still missing the point on where true beauty, strength, and health lies.“