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The Gabby Douglas Story’s Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim
Imani Hakim, the little sister on TV’s Everybody Hates Chris, is all grown up and showing the world what she’s capable of. The actress stars as champion gymnast Gabby Douglas in Lifetime’s original movie The Gabby Douglas Story (which premieres Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime). The highly anticipated film tells the story of how the young athlete became the first Black gymnast to win the all-around Olympic gold medal. Here, SBH chats with leading lady Imani about her inspiring role, movie hairstyles and more…


What do you hope fans take away from this movie?
It’s a really inspiring story and I hope the film motivates people to see that no matter what, you can accomplish your dreams and goals if you’re driven and motivated.

What was it like working alongside actress Regina King, who plays your mother in the film?
I love Ms. Regina! It was just a dream come true to work with her. She was definitely like a mother figure on set and is a truly inspiring woman. She and I are definitely great friends now after working on the movie.

What are your thoughts on the Gabby Douglas Olympic hair controversy?
That controversy was not important. I don’t know why that was such a huge deal—she has beautiful hair! It’s like, why are we focusing on that right now? We have this young woman who is making history and all we can talk about is her hair?

So let’s talk about your hair…Tell us about your movie hairstyles?
I had my Natural hair in the movie—no extensions. It was a lot of ponytails because that’s how Gabrielle wore her hair throughout the Olympics.

When do you feel most beautiful?
You know what? I don’t know when I feel the most beautiful but I really like my physical appearance right after I wash my face. I like that natural glow I get.

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