Gabby Douglas is Essence Magazine’s Cover Girl

The teenage Olympian is all smiles

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Gold medal-winning Olympian Gabby Douglas graces the cover of Essence Magazine’s Women of the Year issue.

The bright-eyed teenager became the first African American in history to win a gold medal in individual all-around gymnastics.

A second cover of the special issue features Douglas alongside track and field gold medalists Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. Other women in the issue include First Lady Michelle Obama and Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton.

Head to theGrio for more information on the issue and to see the second cover.