POLL: Do You Care About Gabby's Hair?
Much of the conversation in the media at this year's Olympics has been about fashion, specifically Gabby Douglas' hair and the beach volleyball outfits.
Graceful athleticism led the United States' gymnast Gabby Douglas to gold in the women's all-around competition this week. But some are criticizing her for not having her hair neatly tied back.
Should that even matter, though?
According to a post on Jezebel.com, the controversy came when many viewers thought Douglas' decision to wear her hair unbraided was a bad idea. As the writer pointed out, however, she's an Olympian not a model and she should wear her hair so it's comfortable.
"For an athlete, the best hairstyle is the kind that lets you accomplish your goals. Even if she never won anything, her life is about her strength, flexibility and tumbling ability—not to mention dedication and focus. What's in her head, not what grows out of it," the article said.
Women's beach volleyball has also seen a controversy around the fashion decisions. This time though, it wasn't one person, but the entire International Olympic Committee.
For the first time since women's beach volleyball was introduced, the competitors will be allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops according to a Washington Post article.
"The change, announced in spring, was designed to accommodate countries’ cultural beliefs but, in the process, has devastated legions of male fans who cheer the sport’s skimpy attire as much as its athleticism."
The same article brings up discussion about women's boxing uniforms and badminton uniforms that would have the women wearing skirts instead of shorts.
What do you think about all of the fashion controversy at the London Olympics? Do you think the fashion conversation is taking away from the true meaning of the games? Vote in the poll and/or sound off in the comments.