After dismissing the criticism of her hair for the foolishness that it was, the mother of 16-year-old Gold medalist Gabby Douglas stepped in to explain that her daughter was staying with a white host family who didn’t know how to take care of her hair, not to mention that there wasn’t a black hairstylist in sight where the gymnast was training in Iowa.
Those issues are no longer a problem though, now that celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson has stepped in. The man known for hooking up makeover subjects on TLC’s “What Not To Wear,” along with models and celebrities insideVanity Fair, Vogue, Marie Claire, and W, has extended his scissor magic to Gabby, giving her a new look with a middle part and soft waves that fall just below her shoulders.
Gabby tweeted her excitement over he new ‘do saying:
“Ted Gibson Is AWESOME!!! LOVE HIM SOO MUCH!!! Special thank you to my Gold Medal Celebrity Hair Stylist!”
Ted was equally ecstatic, sending out a tweet that read:
“It’s 3am, just left Ted Gibson NYC. Love you [Gabrielle Douglas]. What an amazing young lady you are. #award winner #gibsongirlsruletheworld.”
Though this makeover may seem to suggest Gabby is giving in to pressures to keep up a certain appearance, Ted doesn’t see it that way. When asked how he felt about the criticism of the 4’11″ athlete’s mane, he told The Daily Beast:
I couldn’t believe it and still can’t. You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful.”
As far as the makeover goes, he said:
“Women of color spend millions and millions of dollars on their hair to look good, so we know how seriously we take the issue of hair. Oprah Winfrey told me once when I was on her show that ‘our hair is our crowning glory.’ I have to say I agree with Oprah.
“It’s tricky because Gabby is 16 and I don’t want to do anything to make her look 25 years old. Together with her vision, I hope we can create something that’s easy and looks great no matter what she’s doing or where she is. I hope to create something that makes her feel good about herself as well. That’s so important and a big part of what I do for all the women I work with.”
courtesy of Madame Noire