Despite all the people talking smack from their couches, the world is still very much in love with Gabby Douglas. And the opportunities for this young woman keep rolling in.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Olympic gymnast will join the judges’ panel for the 2017 Miss America Pageant.
The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and ABC said that the athlete would also be joined by singer Laura Marano for the September 11 event. Douglas, who will sit with Sara Foster of “Barely Famous”, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell, and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes, will be the only judge of color on the panel.
Here’s what she said about the opportunity:
“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year. The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent.”
We’ll be tuning in to see Gabby… and whether or not a Black girl wins. ; )
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”