Gabby Douglas Told To Get ‘Nose Job’

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Gabby Douglas featured in VANITY FAIR: Natalie does not hold back on the subject of the racial slights she felt Gabby faced after she began formal training in Virginia Beach, at the age of six. Nor does she hold back about the parents of other gymnasts who, she felt, looked at her as a pariah, an alien, a single black bank employee making around $45,000 a year in the midst of affluent white families headed by doctors and lawyers.

According to Gab by she had run-ins as well with other gymnasts. One day in 2010, in a rush to get to the gym, she left her clothing by her locker; when she returned, her shirt was missing. ‘You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,’ Gabby said. And when it was apparent that she had no shirt to leave the locker room in, other gymnasts started laughing at her. Another day, a gymnast whose turn it was to scrape the uneven bars of excess chalk tried to duck the job. According to Gabby, the girl said, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave.’ The gymnast was laughing, but Gabby did not see the humor.

Even more painful was an incident several years ago at a party where Gabby says an Excalibur staff member told her she might want to consider reconstructive surgery on her nose because of its flatness. Some other gymnasts had teased Gabby about her appearance, and she found the nose comment ‘very hurtful.’

While the shirt-taking may have been a common locker-room prank, the other incidents were obviously more troubling. Dena Walker says that coaches at the gym, which has been home to many African-American athletes, are on the lookout for racial animus and take action should something happen. Walker denies that anyone suggested Gabby get a nose job, calling the allegation ‘a joke,’ and notes that Gabby never reported any of these incidents. According to Natalie, Gabby does have a tendency to keep things inside, and told her mother about these incidents only recently. ‘I was flabbergasted,’ says Natalie.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. The more educated people are the better it gets. I had great parents who taught me every one is a human being and I am no better than anyone else. Sometimes because of culture we’re different than each other, but we are equal.

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  • Anonymous

    Aww I feel so bad for Gabby! She’s a great gymnast and I’m glad she won.

  • Anonymous

    honestly, i think it sounds really convenient that she decides to admit to racial prejudice and being bullied after she’s won a gold medal and is in the spotlight. i think she’s saying this to stay in the lime light. i mean why would you suddenly decide to tell everyone that you’ve been bullied because of your race.she makes it seem like everyone was out to get her. three seperate incidents are not bullying and i am sure most of the have been taken out of context

  • Anonymous

    forget the haters gabby you go gurrllll WAVE YOUR GOLD MEDAL IN THEIR FACES!

  • Anonymous

    Come on. As a white person w/black friends and relatives, please don’t tell me there isn’t ignorance and prejudice out there. Don’t tell me you’ve never heard some of the white people you know say things that make you cringe. Not always out of meanness, but sometimes out of ignorance. If you were African/american, you would be a little sensitive, too.

  • SlimShady

    IA, but there’s racial ignorance in everybody. I’m Spanish, so I get it from both blacks and whites, but the great thing is every decade there’s gonna be millions more educated, unbiased people, and hopefully we’ll all get over this.

  • AcidPinkLemonade

    …..It’s possible to take someone’s clothes by mistake, especially if you’re in a rush. I’m not saying she wasn’t bullied, it’s just possible. It’s like leaving your stuff at school by accident.

    Honestly, I doubt this happened because she was black. It sounds like every other “I was bullied” story celebrities put out. Lots of people of all races have felt insecure about their body because of what people say.

    I respect her accomplishments and her, I just feel like they’re trying to make this a race issue. And before anyone gets on me for being racist, I’m BLACK.

    There’s a lot of black doctors and lawyers in the Virginia Beach area too.

    More than likely, it was jealously because it seems like she was a favorite.

  • BrokenArrow

    More than likely, it was jealously because it seems like she was a favorite.

    ia

  • BrokenArrow

    theres so much meanies out there…

  • Anonymous

    Well now she can hold her gold medal in front of those mean gymnasts who didn’t get the chance to go the olympics

    Go GAABBY

  • Anonymous

    so sad!

  • Anonymous

    Some people are just so fucking stupid.

  • Anonymous

    If Gabby continues to be famous, I can see her getting a nose job, especially if she starts acting. She would look so adorable with a button nose tbqh.

  • Anonymous

    wtf this girl is so cute she doesn’t need any plastic surgery. she doesn’t need to lose or gain weight. she doesn’t need to change into who PEOPLE want her to be… she should just be left alone

  • Anonymous

    that 1st pic is so awful that pose makes her look like a man