It's pretty safe to say that the world has fallen in love with Gabby Douglas. After helping her team triumph in the women's all-around final, and going on to grab her own gold in the individual all-around, Gabby's captivating smile has popped up everywhere from television, to newsstands to cereal boxes.

The 16-year-old's accomplishments have certainly made every American proud, but her historical achievement resonates strongly, particularly for the black community. As the first African American woman to win an individual gold medal in gymnastics, Douglas stands in a category all her own. However, her history-making moment was soured by what began with a few nay-sayers on Twitter and evolved into a full-on debate about the teen's hairstyle.

In an effort to promote a more positive conversation and praise Douglas' achievement, two bloggers came together to create the "Love For Gabby" digital movement. Both Adrienne Smith of Eclectic A and Desiré Greene of Sukio decided to show some love for Gabby.

"It started because of the coverage," Greene told The Huffington Post. "We thought we should be focusing on the remarkable thing that she has accomplished and thought this would be a good way, especially among black women, to come together and celebrate her achievement."

Both Smith and Greene said they thought the discussion of Douglas' hair had gotten out of hand and highlighted an insignificant detail.

"I think that as a community we should get into a habit of celebrating excellence and focusing on excellence and not be so distracted by these things that don't matter," Greene said. "The comments on her hair, most of us just thought it was outrageous and shifted the focus."

The movement is still in its early stages. Since the women launched the campaign Friday morning, 15 other bloggers have joined, posting on their own websites, tweeting with the hashtag #LoveForGabby and following the Love For Gabby Pinterest board. But with Douglas' growing popularity -- not to mention an upcoming interview with Oprah -- they won't have difficulty finding others who share their sentiment.

"I think with social media, we tend to get a lot of snark," Smith said. "People love to hide behind their laptops."

They also said they hope to encourage the confidence Douglas' achievements have instilled in black girls.

"We see her as a little black girl," Greene said. "And we need to do things to support our young black girls. In no way should she ever hear a discouraging word from an African American woman."

To join the movement, express your love for Gabby Douglas on Twitter at #LoveForGabby

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  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Marta Karolyi, foreground, U.S. national women's gymnastics team coordinator, right, stands with U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, left, acknowledges the crowd after receiving her gold medal, as Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina stands beside her during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas dismounts from the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Natalie Hawkins

    Natalie Hawkins, bottom center, mother of U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, waves her country's flag and cheers for her gold medallist daughter during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas reacts after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her final and deciding performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after her final and deciding performance on the floor, followed by coach Liang Chow during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas reacts after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas, center, Russian gymnast and silver medallist Victoria Komova, right, and Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina, left, display their medals on the podium during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas, center, Russian gymnast and silver medallist Victoria Komova and Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina stand on the podium during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Victoria Komova

    Russian gymnast Victoria Komova botches her dismount during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Asuka Teramoto

    Japanese gymnast Asuka Teramoto performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Britain performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Great Britain beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rebecca Tunney

    Judges watch gymnast Rebecca Tunney from Britain perform on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Dominique Pegg

    Canadian gymnast Dominique Pegg performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Celine van Gerner

    Gymnast Celine van Gerner from the Netherlands performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Sandra Raluca Izbasa

    Romania's gymnast Sandra Raluca Izbasa performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Jessica Lopez

    Venezuelan gymnast Jessica Lopez performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Ashleigh Brennan

    Australian gymnast Ashleigh Brennan botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Marta Pihan-Kulesza

    Gymnast Marta Pihan-Kulesza from Poland performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aurelie Malaussena

    French gymnast Aurelie Malaussena performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Judges watch U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas perform on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman loses her balance as she performs on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina loses her balance before falling off the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.




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