All of the Gabby Douglas hair haters are officially silenced! The 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist is simply one word on the cover of December’s Essence Magazine: Gorgeous!
Gabby’s black shiny tresses are laid and flowing free like a mermaid and she rocks a cute, age-appropriate and festive black tube dress with a shimmery metallic gold bow. Not to mention the addition of her first-place gold medal wrapped around her neck.
The talented gymnast and role model is beaming about the honor:
In my dreams I didn’t think about how many shows I would be on and how many people would tweet me…it’s so cool!
Gabby covers the 2012 “Women Of The Year ” issue alongside the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and other notable women.
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