How we’ve missed that huge smile of hers since the Olympics ended!
American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has faced quite a bit of controversy this year — and by that we mean a lot of nasty comments from dumb haters — but she’s handled it all with an incredible amount of grace, which we think made her an awesome cover choice and the perfect candidate for one of Essence‘s Woman of the Year titles. The pint-sized 16-year-old set the world on fire this summer when she became the first American to ever take the gold in both the individual all-around and team events, as well as the first African American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold. She appears on the cover wearing one of the pieces of hardware she took home from London, and a cute, flattering black minidress with a gold sash to match her medal. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: YOU GO GABBY!! We love you. And so does Beyoncé.