See Why Black Women Are Rallying for This Olympic Long Jumper Who Lost Her Wig Mid-Jump

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See Why Black Women Are Rallying for This Olympic Long Jumper Who Lost Her Wig Mid-Jump

Blessing stays blessed.

Published June 16, 2017

Nigerian Olympain medalist Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has been getting a lot of attention after her most recent long jump. 

The 28-year-old track and field athlete, who specializes in long jumping and short sprints, ran her ass and wig off when she did a long jump for Oslo Diamond League on Thursday evening. Check out the video below:

For those who may think Blessing is mortified from the experience, think again! She was laughing right along with us when she posted on Instagram: "When you talk about something for so long and it eventually happened. Oh well, it is what it is then... heads up..." along with the video.

And of course, we don't care at all what anyone chooses to do with their hair but it is constantly part of the conversation surrounding Black female athletes. Champions like Serena Williams, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles have all faced scathing headlines that reduce their accomplishments to the imperfections of a ponytail. 

Luckily, in 2017, Black women are here for each other, and this particular incident has sparked some outrage with many people coming to the defense of Okagbare-Ighoteguonor. 

Activist Michalea Coel posted this on Instagram, encouraging people to think less about the wig, and think more about why you think it's a big deal that she had a wig in the first place. 

This is for #blessingokagbare . If you have not yet seen the video, she is an athlete whose wig came off while she long jumped in Oslo. 💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿💆🏿 We reside in a world where the hair of a NEGRA is constantly policed. 👮🏿👮🏿👮🏿👮🏿👮🏽👮🏽👮🏽👮🏽👮🏻👮🏻👮🏻👮🏻 The real crime here is not that she was wearing a wig - as many of you do, as many of your girlfriends of ALL races do. The crime is that women are so judged and looked upon that she felt she couldn't do her job without the illusion of long hair. And many of you feminists who go to offices to work are living the exact same life so shut the fuck up. 👩🏾👱🏻‍♀️👩🏽👱🏿‍♀️👱🏿‍♀️👱🏿‍♀️👩🏻👩🏻👩🏻 Black women ESPECIALLY 4C type hair women are told that they can wear weave, but not wigs, that they can wear braids but not weave, that they can wear curly wigs but not straight ones. That they must create an illusion successful enough for men to be duped and continue living in their delusion. 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 Then by others we are told: "Ohh you look so nice natural all the fake hair is not nice" and look how cute we look with Afro's for White People to jizz over while they stroke it. Black women telling each other we must TWIST OUR 4C hair every night to create the illusion of softer hair whilst judging bitches that wear weave. Then you shave your hair off and bump into your white girl homie that says black people look so good with shaved heads, look at how amazing their negro head shapes are "OH I'D LOOK AWFUL WITH MY HAIR SHAVED". If I had a dime for every white girl that has vomited this phrase onto my feet. 👀👀👀 Men saying "I want my "bitch" natural" but you'd sooner check for a bitch with her *lace wig witchcrafted to look like a weave* then when she's rocking a 4C Afro. I'm pro choice - and I'm a feminist (a real one- not one like you over there is who laughing at your "sister" Blessings) and I believe in pro choice. Pro weave, pro wig, pro I DECIDE WHAT LOOKS NICE ON ME OR NOT, pro fuck what you want me to do. I hope next time a bitches wig falls off she picks it up and milly rocks with it. Smh. Fuck you #blackhair I'M WEARING A WIG TOMORROW FOR THE CULTURE Song: @littlesimz ft @sydinternet "shotgun"

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Regardless of the mishap, she's an incredibly talented athlete and not that it matters at all, but she still looks amazing while competing. So, hats off, wigs off, masks off to you, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, for handling the situation like a winner!

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