Gabby Douglas' historic Olympic performance has turned her into America's new golden girl. She's on cereal boxes, murals are being painted in her honor and she's practically BFF with First Lady Michelle Obama. Need we say more?

But as die-hard fashion fans, we can't think of a better way for Gabby to celebrate her new, shiny status than with a full-blown magazine photo shoot complete with glitzy designer threads. And the 16-year-old phenom got the chance to do just that thanks to the folks over at ESSENCE.

The glossy snagged an exclusive spread with Gabby, where she showed off her mega watt smile and worked her fabulous physique in a gold J. Mendel dress and Jimmy Choo stilettos (amongst other stylish selections) making for a seriously chic upgrade from those, er interesting, U.S. Olympic team uniforms.

Gabby's controversial coif was transformed by celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson for the glamorous shoot. He decided to ditch Gabby's gym-ready ponytail for long wavy locks worthy of a Hollywood closeup. Gibson, who has worked with Angelina Jolie and Gabrielle Union, told ESSENCE that working with the pint sized athlete was one of the highlights of his career. We're hoping this new 'do will finally snatch the spotlight away from Gabby's hair and silence all the haters.

The shoot was also a family affair with Gabby's mom, Natalie Hawkins, and older sister, Arielle Hawkins, striking a pose with the golden girl.

Although the body-hugging dresses and sky-high heels seem a bit mature for the teenager, we think Gabby looks simply fabulous. Plus, what teenage girl doesn't love to play dress up?

Check out this behind-the-scenes video of Gabby's ESSENCE shoot below and make sure to look out for the story in the magazine's October or November issues. What do you think of her glamorous look?

And here's a look a some of our favorite Gabby moments...

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  • 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team Rings The NYSE Closing Bell

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Gabby Douglas of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team Rings The NYSE Closing Bell

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Gabby Douglas of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team Rings The NYSE Closing Bell

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • US Olympic Athlete Medalists Visit USA House

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: U.S. Olympian Gabrielle Douglas visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

  • US Olympic Athlete Medalists Visit USA House

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: U.S. Olympian Gabrielle Douglas visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

  • US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs du

    US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Olympics Day 11 - Gymnastics - Artistic

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

  • Gabby Douglas, right, 2012 London Summer Olympics gold medal-winning gymnast, laughs with, from left, her aunt, Bianca Williams, her sister, Joy Douglas, and her mother, Natalie Hawkins, center, after arriving at Norfolk International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Norfolk, Va., on her way to visit her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Ross Taylor) MAGS OUT

  • Eric Lindbergh of T.A.L.E.N.T. Murals works on the image of gymnast Gabby Douglas on the side of the Gator's Sports Bar & Grill on Holland Road in Virginia Beach, Va. on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The mural shows Douglas holding a gold medal with an American flag backdrop. It says "Way to go Gabby." (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUT

  • Gabby Douglas performs in the floor exercise during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Douglas was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Gabby Douglas performs on the balance beam during the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Friday, June 29, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Gabby Douglas reacts after finishing her floor exercise routine during the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Friday, June 29, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Gabby Douglas

    FILE - This June 10, 2012 file photo shows Gabby Douglas competing on the uneven bars during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships in St. Louis. Douglas has emerged as world champion Jordyn Wieber's main rival, and is the brightest star on a powerful U.S. team that could turn the London Olympics into its own heavy medal show.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)