The #Love4GabbyUSA hashtag helped Gabrielle Douglas drown out her haters during the Rio Olympics, refusing to let them break her will with their nasty comments about her hair and criticism that she's a crabby teammate and that she didn't cover her heart during the national anthem.
Having shown strength standing up to that cruel social media bullying during the Olympics, Gabby will now judge other strong young ladies in a very different kind of major competition — the Miss America pageant.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Gabby has been chosen as one of the judges for the 2017 Miss America pageant.
“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas, 20, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent.”
Go ahead, Gabby! Do your thing.
We look forward to seeing you shine as a judge for the pageant, which will air September 11 on ABC.
Until then, though, there's a whole lot of media commitments that Gabby and her Final Five gymnastics teammates will have to make following their successful Rio Games.
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