Gabby Douglas may be an Olympic gold medalist, but when it came to the high school experience, it was not a perfect 10.
The 21-year-old gymnast — who’s crashing the set of Venice High School for the go90 series Crashed — admits that there was a time in her life that she wanted to have a normal school experience.
“I was homeschooled, third grade all the way to my senior year,” Gabby explained. “My typical school day would be like, two to four hours a day, and then gymnastics the rest of the day. It’s just very different.”
So what did she do? She tried a tradition high school setting. And… it was bad.
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Some people look at ambition in women as a negative thing and stars like Yara Shahidi, Zoey Deutch, Gabby Douglas, and more are coming together to let their female fans know that it should be viewed as a positive!
The ladies teamed up with the Tory Burch Foundation for a new PSA encouraging women to embrace ambition. The new campaign coincides with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
Inspired by Tory’s personal experience as a woman and an entrepreneur, the campaign aims to address the double standard that exists around ambition, which is often seen as a great attribute in men and as a negative in women.
The 18-year-old singer – who is nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2017 Grammys this weekend for her work on the song – is revealing that her mom didn’t want her to record it at first because of The Chainsmokers‘ “hard-partying reputation!” (via ABC Radio)
When her mom found out about the Grammy nomination, Daya revealed, “She was laughing. ‘Cause she was against it, for a very small amount of time in the beginning. But I told her I wanted to do it, and she was okay with it, and she met [The Chainsmokers], and now she loves them and they’re like family to her!”
“I think it’s the biggest honor to get a Grammy or even to be nominated for a Grammy, because it’s so music-focused,” she added. “And it’s [voted for] by real, true, talented musicians and respectable people in the industry. So… it’s an honor to be a part of that.”
“It got very, very bad because I never experienced anything like that,” Gabby told Sports Illustrated about a moment from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. “I mean in [the 2012 Olympics], they talked about my hair and yet again they still talked about my hair in Rio. I don’t know people cared about my hair. … And I remember just going back to the village and I would literally cry my eyes out.”
“I stayed off social media until after team finals, when I Googled myself – which I probably shouldn’t have done,” she explained to People. “I wonder how many times I cried. Probably enough to fill so many gallons of water. And it would be like, deep, emotional cries because I was so hurt.”
Gabby Douglas is serving up the ultimate comeback at her haters — by becoming a cyberbullying champion.
The Olympic gymnast is teaming up with Hack Harassment and will be their first Change Ambassador.
In her new role, she’ll continue her own, and the organization’s efforts to decrease the frequency and severity of online harassment and will help to ensure the campaign remains focused on addressing the experiences of those who face such treatment.
Earlier this year, Gabby was under fire for several things during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics — most famously for not putting her hand over her heart while the national anthem was playing and again, about her hair.
“OKK this needs to be addressed, I’m fed up and shutting this down,” Gabby wrote on her Instagram recently, tackling her haters. “The people that want to be petty EXIT STAGE LEFT PLEASE. Honestly if you’re gonna be foul just to be nasty or vile to comment I can help you find better ways to pass the time.”
The 20-year-old Olympian and her sister are featured in the photo series as well as other celebs and their mentors including Chloe Moretz and her mom Teri, Gabourey Sidibe and producer Lisa Cortes and Iman and activist Bethann Hardison.
“I attribute so much of my growth, both personally and professionally, to strong guidance from my mentors. I couldn’t be more pleased to honor that special relationship by joining forces with #ActuallySheCan Mentorship, helping young women realize the value of the counsel mentors can provide,” Gabby explained.
See all that Gabby had to say about role models and her gymnastics career in the video below…