Gabby Douglas and Older Sister Arielle Talk Female Empowerment for #ActuallySheCan Campaign

(Photo: Inez and Vinoodh)

Gabby Douglas and Older Sister Arielle Talk Female Empowerment for #ActuallySheCan Campaign

Actress Gabourey Sidibe and supermodel Iman are also spokeswomen.

Published October 13, 2016

Olympic gold gymnast Gabby Douglas has always embodied female empowerment, and in a new campaign, her sister Arielle Hawkins joins her as they celebrate women and everything we can accomplish together.

The two joined forces with Allergan for the #ActuallySheCan Campaign, which focuses on the power of women and the importance of providing young women with career, relationship and health advice. For Douglas, Hawkins is her ultimate role model and has always had her back.

“She's the main one that got me through gymnastics. She's the main one that saw that talent in me. Thank you for getting me started in this crazy gymnastics career. I talk to her about everything — well maybe not everything,” Douglas recently told AOL Finance News.

"She always puts me back on my track when I feel like I'm falling off. She's an amazing big sister, she's sacrificed a lot for me, and I'm so grateful to have that. That's why I'm so excited for her to be out there following her own dreams.”

Hawkins, who is an aspiring fashion designer, echoed those sentiments.

“One thing I can say about Gabrielle is that she has a beautiful spirit and has always been so supportive. She's always been one of my biggest cheerleaders since we were little, and our relationship hasn't changed since,” she said.

The campaign also features a video interview of Douglas talking about understanding the pressures that young girls are facing and the women who inspire her.

Douglas isn't the only high-profile celeb to sign on to the #ActuallySheCan campaign. Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe poses with mentor and inspiration Lisa Cortes (award winning producer of Precious). 

And here's supermodel Iman with Bethann Hardison (fashion pioneer and activist). 

To learn more, visit the #ActuallySheCan program’s website.

Written by Kellee Terrell

(Photo: Inez and Vinoodh)


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