Gabby Douglas’ Hair, Haters Gon’ Hate!…

As most of my friends know, I suffer from Alopecia Universalis.  In 2008, I could not figure out why I was starting to look different.  My right eyebrow all of a sudden had a gap in it.  I thought I must have over-plucked it.  I used pencil to fill it in.  That gap never went away.  It continued to grow.  I then noticed a freckle on my forehead that I had never seen before in my life.  I didn’t realize it, but my hair was receding.

The next thing I know, I’m spending the summer of 2008 dying my hair blond to conceal bald spots, wearing hats and bandanas, getting my eyebrows tattooed because I had none (I lost my eyelashes, too), and searching for wigs.

I also lost hair everywhere on my body…which, was not too bad for grooming purposes…saved me some time in the shower!  But, it was a horrible time because you look in the mirror and do not even recognize yourself.  To this day I still lose my hair and it never grew back to the way that it had been my entire life…and I still don’t have eyebrows!

This brings me to Gabby Douglas.  I could not believe when I read on Alopecia World’s website that there even was a topic of conversation regarding this young lady’s hair.  Gabby Douglas just accomplished and experienced one of the greatest events that will happen in her lifetime-not only did she win the Gold for the US in individual all-around Women’s Gymnastics, but she was the first African-American to do so.

The reason I bring up African-American is because of this- instead of being honored for her amazing accomplishments, she has been criticized throughout the media and across the interwebs because of her hair!  Can you believe this?  I was seriously dumbfounded, not even being able to guess what the “problem” might be.  Here is one comment you will find, amongst others, that fuels the negativity in light of her Gold medal win: “With all those pins and gel … I wish someone could have helped her make it look better since she’s being seen all over the world.”

There are a few reasons I was really bothered by people discussing this young lady’s hair.

First off, if you have noticed, every female gymnast has their hair “slicked back with pins in it”.  It is a rule of the sport.  Google it.  What makes Gabby’s hair any different than Aly Raisman’s, Jordyn Wieber’s or McKayla Maroney’s?  The answer is: Nothing.

Second, SHE IS 16 YEAR’S OLD!  BACK OFF!  How many can add Olympic Gold Medalist to the list of their accomplishments at 16?  When I watch these athletes it makes me very emotional.  How I wish I could have accomplished something so impressive by using my physical and athletic talents and abilities as these athletes do.  The training and dedication that Gabby put into this is more than what most people put in to anything in their lifetime.  It’s refreshing to see someone focused on their talents and strengths, rather than putting these on the shelf because they are too focused and consumed with their appearance.

And my final reason for really feeling enraged about this is simply because “Haters Gon’ Hate”!  Can’t we just be happy for people when they are successful? Why do we always have to find negativity in everything? The people making these comments most likely need to take a step back and look at their own lives and stop inflicting their personal unhappiness on to others.

TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL  🙂

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