Laurie Hernandez is an Olympic gold medalist, a best-selling author and the youngest person ever to win “Dancing with the Stars.” But for many fans, it’s the 16-year-old’s hair that’s repeatedly stolen the show.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the gymnast spoke about the heartwarming comments she’s received for owning her naturally curly hair in the limelight. The gymnast said her hair has garnered “a lot” of remarks and she shared one story that highlights the importance of representation.
“I went to visit a gym once and one of the parents came up to me and she was like, ‘You don’t understand how much it means to me and my daughter, you being Hispanic and not only that, but you wearing your curly hair on the floor. It makes my daughter comfortable to wear her curly hair,’” she told HuffPost. “And I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness! My heart.’ The daughter was younger than me [and] she was giggly the whole time.”