Gabby Douglas Showed Off Her Natural Hair for a Powerful Reason

Elizabeth Denton
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Back in 2016, while competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the three-time gold medalist was bullied for her hair. And that wasn’t the first time. According to Reuters, it was 2012 when Douglas, the first Black gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title, was criticized for looking “unkempt.” Although she was driven to tears back then, in 2020 she’s had enough. Douglas showed off her natural hair on Instagram this weekend to explain a little bit of her hair journey.

Douglas reveals that wearing her hair in tight ponytails for gymnastics caused a ton of damage to her strands. This is called traction alopecia, which can happen to anyone who continually wears their hair pulled back tightly in...

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