Nose Job is Part of Painful History for Olympian Gabby Douglas

Gabby Gifford Kellogg's Corn FlakesA superstar standout in London for the 2012 Olympics, gymnast Gabby Douglas had to overcome self-esteem deflating comments about her nose as a pre-teen. Now at 16, she reveals how "very hurtful" those comments were about her needing a nose job.

The Olympian with two gold medals talked to Vanity Fair recently about the challenges she faced with bullying at her former Virginia gym, Excalibur. It is reporting a staffer at the gym even suggested rhinoplasty for the young gymnast.

"…At a party several years ago, an Excalibur staff member suggested she consider reconstructive surgery on her nose, claiming it appeared too flat -- and other gymnasts had teased the future champ's appearance."

This would have been when Douglas was 12-13 years old. While claiming it was joke, the staffer's comments had Douglas respond by saying they were "very hurtful."

How young is too young for cosmetic surgery when bullying is involved?

USA Gymnastics tweeted this photo saying "New Olympic champion @gabrielledoug to be on @Kelloggs_US Corn Flakes boxes this fall."

Further Reading

  • According to the results of a poll that asked approximately 650 site users if they would allow their teenager to have plastic surgery to prevent bullying, about 68 percent of parents said ‘yes’. 24 percent of those surveyed said that they would most likely have their bullied teen get a nose job or ear pinning surgery.

  • When you think of the first day of school, most teens need a new backpack, school supplies, and trendy clothes. Not Nadia Ilse, a 14-year-old girl from Georgia who walks in on the first day of school with a new face and new self-confidence. In a recent interview with ABC Nightline, Nadia had stated to be a victim of bullying.

  • Vanessa Bryant has denied that she’s had plastic surgery to stop her husband Kobe Bryant from straying. Recent rumors are suggesting that Bryant has undergone surgery to improve her appearance and a source has told the press that she “would do anything to keep Kobe happy”.  Rumors spread after recent photos of Bryant at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She has dyed her hair black and her nose appears to be much thinner and narrower. Her eyebrows also appear to be much higher than before, and her skin tone has changed. Pictures of her before and after this alleged makeover have been posted by The Daily Mail.