The “theme” of this week’s spread was super girly and pink because 1) any excuse to use pink is one that I’ll gladly take any time 2) our USA Women’s Gymnastics team absolutely KILLED IT at the olympics and it gets me SO PUMPED 3) boys are stressing me out atm and I needed some empowerment 4) I just really love and appreciate girls. Girls who are there for you. Big girls, small girls, athletic girls, artistic girls. Girls who are into girls. Girls who are into studying. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Prove them wrong. Do it like a girl; you’re badass. ✨
In 1978, Wendy Hilliard became the first black woman to earn a spot on the US national rhythmic gymnastics team. Hilliard served as team captain for two years, and following her retirement in 1998 spent four years as team coach. From 1995 to 1997, Hilliard served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the first black woman to hold the position.
With a mix of races and ethnicities—black, white, Latina, Jewish—this was easily the most diverse group of women to represent USA gymnastics at the Olympics. And while each woman was selected for her ability and potential to medal, that doesn’t change the fact that seeing the different faces on this year’s team is important and also pretty damn cool.
I’m so effing exciting to watch these ladies compete, and I’m even more excited for the little kids who get to have them as their role models.