Gabby Douglas‘s hairstyle was one of the biggest topic at the London Olympic Games with many critics believing that, as an African-American girl, Douglas should have a better hairstyle than the bun she wore during her gymnastics performances.
While Douglas’s original comeback was that her hair shouldn’t matter because it’s her gymnastics work that actually wows the judges, it seems that the 16-year-old is caving to the pressure, as she has hired the celeb stylist Ted Gibson, who has also worked with Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and worked on the TLC show What Not To Wear, reports The Daily Mail.
After her hair appointments with Gibson, it is obvious that the hair stylist has already worked his magic with Gabby’s hair, giving her a sleek, different style in most of her TV appearances. Gibson spoke with The Daily Beast about the challenges of working with Gabby Douglas, saying that:
“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.”
Gibson also said that the criticism over Gabby’s hair is “shameful.” He went on to say:
“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.”
The original firestorm over Gabby Douglas’s hair began on Twitter, when users began to write, “Gabby Douglas gotta [sic] do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it!” and “In Olympic news, why hasn’t anyone tried to fix Gabby Douglas’ hair?”
Ted Gibson has also said that he hopes to continue working with Gabby and developing a strong connection with her as she works her way through a crazy publicity schedule providing interviews to popular television talk shows and commercial endorsements. Gibson added:
“I’m excited because she’s so young and I have a chance for input in the brand of Gabby. There are so many opportunities for someone like her to shine, and I get to be part of that on the ground floor. It’s pretty cool.’”
What do you think of Gabby Douglas’s choice to hire Ted Gibson for a hair makeover?