Shortly after closing out her Rio Olympics run, where she took home a gold medal with fellow Team USA gymnasts, Gabby Douglas will be joining the panel of judges at the 2017 Miss America Competition.
The Miss America Organization announced on Monday that the gold medal winner will sit on the panel along with, Laura Marano, known for her role as Ally in the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, and additional judges.
Gabby Douglas came under fire for not placing her hand over her heart during the U.S. national anthem, after she and Team USA took gold in the team gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics last week, however, the 20-year-old gymnast endured further criticism over things such as her hair and people accusing her of skin bleaching.
After completing the last routine of her Olympics career, Gabby opened up about her critics, calling the negative comments “hurtful.”
Gabby Douglas is speaking out after coming under fire for not placing her hand over her heart during America’s national anthem at the Olympics on Tuesday – after Team USA won gold in the gymnastics team event.
In response to angry comments, questioning why she kept her hands down in front of her, the 20-year-old gymnast says she never intended any disrespect.
Gabby Douglas will be heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, next month, and ahead of this year’s Games, she unveils her very own Barbie doll.
“I’m so excited,” two-time Olympic gold-medalist tells PEOPLE. “My older sister and I used to play with Barbies and create these dramatic fantasy stories, so it’s such a huge honor.”
Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles grace the cover of Teen Vogue’s August 2016 issue. The two gymnasts will compete against one another at the Rio Olympics in just 36 days, and ahead of the Games they open up to the publication about the sport they love.
Gabby made history twice during the 2012 Olympics in London, as the first African-American all-around Olympic champion and the first U.S. gymnast to win both that title and the team gold in the same Games – all at age 16.
Gabby Douglas’ impeccable talent has garnered the attention of one the most prestigious HBCU’s in the nation; Spelman College.
TMZ reports that Spelman is heavily recruiting Gabby – and can you blame them? The president of the college, Beverly Daniel Tatum, made a trip to London to present the gymnast with a gift bag, and sources have named her as their number one recruit.
I Am Not My Hair – India Arie
Gabby Douglas had just won gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around, and understandably, was on cloud nine.
The 16 year-old gymnast took to the the net shortly after making history, and can you imagine her shock and confusion when her google search results brought back people debating on her hair instead of talking about her accomplishment?
Gabby Douglas made history Thursday, becoming the first African-American to win gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around!
The 16 year-old led the competition after her first event, the vault, and remained on top for the victory. Russia’s Victoria Komova took the silver and Aliya Mustafina (also Russian) took the bronze. The win brought Gabby her second gold medal, as the women’s gymnastics team won gold in the team finals a few days ago.