We told you that Simone Biles had the awesome opportunity to dance with the Houston Texans cheerleading squad this past weekend after saying back in 2015 that in her next life she was going to be an NFL cheerleader. It was an experience she was excited to have and worked hard to perfect before stepping on the field on Sunday. But per the usual, people tried to put a damper on the moment by, you guessed it, pointing out issues with her hair.
After a practice in preparation for Sunday’s game, Biles shared a photo of herself, pom-poms in hand, smile on her face:
It didn’t take long for people to ask the 20-year-old Olympic gold medalist what was going on with her mane:
She took the initial comments in stride, saying that her hair was all over the place after actively practicing for four hours with her hair in a bun. That wasn’t enough though:
But thankfully, there were people who pointed out how ridiculous the emphasis on her hair, while accomplishing an important goal for herself, really was:
Eventually, Biles went from nice to clapback mode on Twitter and let people know no one is perfect all of the time, so they needed to get over themselves:
Unfortunately though, Biles isn’t the first woman of color to have to deal with unwanted comments about her hair and respond classy (and sometimes funny). Check out 9 other Black women who didn’t have time to worry about what other people thought about their hair, but did have the time to set folks straight about it.