If you’re like most people, Simone Biles‘s name conjures nothing short of awe — which has a little something to do with the fact that the 20-year-old has earned a total of 14 medals, including five Olympic ones. But of course, there are always internet trolls looking to undermine people’s accomplishments for the smallest of reasons.
The gymnast was recently granted the first ever title of Honorary Cheerleader for her home state’s football team, the Houston Texans. Biles was all smiles at the game, which she documented in an adorable Insta post.
“I had such an amazing experience cheering at the Texans Game ❤️” she gushed, “Definitely a memory to last forever!” While many of the comments on the post were resoundingly positive, a few people decided to pick apart the Olympian’s hair. “Baby…Your Hair…” one user said, “You need some black friends,” while another scoffed, “She need to just [opt] for a whole lace wig,” adding “Won’t have to worry about that extraness.” Ugh.
The bubbly athlete set the record straight, admitting that she “just came straight from a 4 hour practice w/ my hair in a bun,” adding playfully, “excuse my hair…hahah.”
Nevertheless, the trolling persisted, at which point Simone clapped back. “I have 1 question to everyone commenting about my hair when I genuinely look happy in the photo..” she asked, “Do you look perfect ALL the time? everything in perfect order.?” (Uh, no!) Thankfully, many of the star’s fans came to her defense. “So sad to see evil, jealous people trying to hurt you,” one commenter wrote, while another (male) noted, “All that joy and y’all wanna clown on her hair.” Preach.
We all know how hard it can be to keep hair totally “perfect” on any given day, especially after a workout (let’s be honest, there’s virtually no hope for keeping every strand in place). More importantly — if we may say so ourselves — who really cares? We’re just happy to see this talented young woman shine again!
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