Simone Manuel and Simone Biles are currently casting a spell worldwide with their #BlackGirlMagic glory. Manuel is the first African-American to win a medal in individual swimming, in addition to being the first to win gold. Biles, standing tall at 4-foot-8, won gold medals in both individual all-around and team all-around gymnastics, and the games will still continue next week.
Both historic victories in their own rights, Simone Manuel's has been particularly resonating with the community as Blacks used to get acid thrown on them for swimming in 1964. Pools were drained because Dorothy Dandridge put her toe in it and now in 2016, we’re winning medals. Manuel acknowledges her significant position stating, “I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the Black swimmer.’”
Here are the six reasons we are Simone fanatics.
Simone Manuel and Simone Biles are breaking barriers for the youth.
Young Layla says, “she’s got next,” as she gets ready for her future as an Olympic swimmer.
Even Kim Kardashian said on her site that, “North loves watching her!!! She pretends to be Simone [Biles] and rolls around on the bed trying all these flips. It's so cute.”
They’re both humble and driven.
“This medal is not just for me. It is for some of the African-Americans who have come before me. This medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point.” - Simone Manuel
“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.” - Simone Biles
They currently have the most famous smiles in the world.
Education is another accomplishment on #TheSimones’ to-do list.
Manuel is a rising junior at Stanford University while Biles has her mind set on attending UCLA. Manuel picked Stanford because, she said, “You have to work hard and be pretty smart to get into a school like this — but honestly, that's another reason why I picked it, because I wanted to be in this atmosphere and challenge myself.”
They’re young women who are unapologetic about their talent and are equally inspiring.
Mercury News referred to Simone Manuel as the “African-American” because she won the same night as decorated Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps. Twitter quickly clapped back, and the outlet apologized, but the damage was done. Manuel praised God and let her light shine.
Biles, birthed to an alcohol- and drug-dependent mother, was adopted by her paternal grandfather and his wife. She entered the world of gymnastics at the age of 6 and never looked back.
Celebs came out to show their excitement about the greatness we witnessed.
We wish #TheSimones all the success this world has to offer. Keep slaying, ladies.
(Photo from left: Alex Livesey/Getty Images, Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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