Categories :

For Olympic Runner Christina Clemons, Bold Hair and Makeup Looks Are Her "Superpower" – Yahoo Lifestyle

Wearing a fuzzy pink scrunchie, dark-blue lipstick, and a braided ponytail at the 2018 ISTAF competition in Berlin.
Wearing “wild” and bedazzled barrettes tucked into a braided hairstyle with Cool Ranch Doritos earrings at the 2021 Olympic Trials.
Stay in the know at a glance with the Top 10 daily stories
Wearing blue lipstick and a braided crown-like bun hairstyle at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
Wearing butterfly clips, under-eye rhinestones, and maroon lipstick at the 2021 ISTAF competition in Berlin.
Wearing a jeweled head covering, under-eye rhinestones, and blue lipstick at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in France in 2021.
Stay in the know at a glance with the Top 10 daily stories
Wearing space buns with pink fuzzy scrunchies, dark lipstick, and snake earrings at the IAAF World Indoor Tour in 2018.
Wearing a long braid, a black-and-white hair bow, and blue lipstick at the 2017 USA Track and Field Championships.
Wearing space buns with “cutie” hair clips and dark lipstick at a Diamond League event in 2019.
Stay in the know at a glance with the Top 10 daily stories
Wearing a long braid, a white scrunchie, and dark lipstick at the 2020 Muller Indoor Grand Prix World Athletics Tour in Scotland.
Wearing a braided crown hairstyle and dark blue lipstick at the Muller Anniversary Games in 2017.
Wearing an embellished crown-like hairstyle and red lipstick at the IAAF Diamond League Meet in 2019.

The laws of aerodynamics shake in their boots every time Christina Clemons (née Manning) takes the track. While some runners opt for slicked-back ponytails to reduce any possible nanoscopic friction between the air and their hair, Clemons rocks whatever the hell hairstyle she pleases – space buns, braided crowns, nostalgic accessories galore – and breezes past her competition just as easily.
She did exactly that while qualifying for the Olympics in June, crushing the final 100-Meter Hurdle Trials race with several dazzling barrettes tucked into her hair and kitschy Cool Ranch Doritos earrings dangling from her earlobes. An official Doritos partnership ensued, and the buzzy moment left us wanting to know more about Clemons's past beauty looks, so we got in touch with the first-time Olympian for the inside scoop.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Christina Clemons, OLY (@shethemanning)
A 31-year-old athlete originally hailing from Maryland, Clemons looks to the '90s for much of her hair and makeup inspiration, often wearing butterfly clips, fuzzy scrunchies, dark lipstick, and embellished barrettes while sailing over the finish line. "I'm a '90s girl. That was my era of childhood," she told POPSUGAR. "My husband and I always talk about how we belong to the '90s. If we were young adults during that time, I believe we would've had the time of our lives." Additionally, she seeks out new beauty ideas from a source that's become a go-to among fellow millennials. "I can't deny that Instagram's Explore page helps me come up with some of my looks," she said. "I love seeing all of the different beauties on there and their creativity." Yep, that makes two of us.
"For competitions, I'm always excited and full of confidence, so I like to show up with bold looks."
Though Clemons's flawless competition beauty looks are executed to perfection, she rarely plans them ahead of time, instead deciding how she'll style her hair and which lipstick shade she'll swipe on the morning of each race. "Whatever I wear depends on what I'm feeling that day," the track and field star said. "For competitions, I'm always excited and full of confidence, so I like to show up with bold looks. During competitions, I'm in my own world and I'm doing my own thing. It doesn't matter who doesn't like what I have on. When I look in the mirror before I leave for my race, it's just me. It's the same when I compete – it's just me and my 10 hurdles."
For Clemons, the surge of confidence that comes from looking runway-ready on the track is like an added "superpower," she said. "A lot of people may not expect female athletes to look feminine. I want young girls and even older women to feel they can be their feminine selves while they participate in sports or exercise. I believe it's important to show our femininity while being athletic because it is a strength, not a weakness."
"It's important to show our femininity while being athletic because it is a strength, not a weakness."
Oh, and any potential haters who may happen to disagree or wonder, "But won't that slow her down? Why even bother? What's the point?" can kindly see themselves to the door. "There is absolutely nothing wrong with coming to the start line all dolled up," Clemons said. "I train like a dog. Trust me when I say my hair and makeup cannot take away from my performance." Say it louder for the people in the back.
While we not-so-patiently wait to see all the fun hair and makeup looks Clemons wears during her races at the Games in Tokyo, join us in admiring some of her coolest beauty moments to date ahead.
Related: What We Love to See: Black Women Olympians Doing What They Want With Their Hair and Nails
Save nearly 40 percent on the super-popular vacs that have earned thousands of five-star reviews.
The actress opens about her 2016 airplane incident and why she felt "miserable" before her diagnosis.
"Principals were spending 10 hours a day working up all COVID cases and weren't able to do their jobs," explains the superintendent behind hiring a "COVID coordinator" for a New York school district.
Amazon just slashed prices on one of the most buzzed-about electric toothbrushes out there.
The top-rated masks feature two layers of lightweight jersey, per the CDC’s recommendation, and a 3D shape for a snug but comfy fit.
Reap a harvest of holiday weekend sales from Shark, Samsung, Apple, Sony and more.
What are cookies, exactly, and are they good or bad? Cyber security experts break it all down.
Stock up for fall with high-quality outdoor essentials—on sale for just a few more hours!
It's so versatile — you can wear it as a dress, a trench and more.
Priyanka Chopra is out of office. The "Isn’t It Romantic?" star took to Instagram on Wednesday to share photos of herself enjoying the "perfect day off" with her mom, Madhu Akhouri Chopra, and two friends. In a series of pics, the actress and her day off squad posed on a boat off the coast of Valencia, Spain, where Chopra sported a bright yellow swimsuit and oversized sunglasses.
The 24-year-old singer said that boyfriend Shawn Mendes has been a great source of support.
Save on the super-popular vacs that have earned thousands of five-star reviews.
Host Will Taylor helps Clara on her apartment search in a luxury Brooklyn building, where they tour three spaces at different price points to meet her wish list and stay under her budget of $2,500.
Motivational speaker and anti-bullying advocate Lizzie Velásquez talks about dealing with bullying and how she pulled through her darkest time to inspire others. Growing up with a rare disease, Velazquez, now 32, says that she lived in two different worlds. At home, her family treated her just like everyone else. She says that her parents were a source of support, and raised her to be optimistic and confident. That got harder when she started school. As Velásquez transitioned into high school, she started to gain more understanding about her situation. This new level of self-acceptance inspired Velásquez to make new friends, join the cheerleading squad, and write for the school newspaper. She had started to feel gratitude for what she had accomplished, but the Youtube video threatened her shaky foundation when she found a video calling her "The World’s Ugliest Woman”. Despite her feelings of defeat, that moment of bullying activated Velásquez. In 2013, she gave a TEDxAustinWomen Talk about her experience, reaching millions with her uplifting messages about beauty and happiness. She has written two children’s books, given interviews on national talk shows like The View, and the documentary film A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story premiered at SXSW in 2015. “My mission is always just to remind people that no matter how different you are, you are meant to be in this world, and being different is unique. Your purpose in life is out there waiting for you," says the motivational speaker. During Hispanic Heritage Month, Velásquez takes pride in being Mexican-American. As she travels around the country, speaking to young people about confidence and self-love, she is grounded by the support of her family and the deep connection to her culture. “It’s shaped who I am and I think that comes out with my values and the things that have really been a part of my foundation,” says Velásquez.
They're incredibly soft — and a queen-size set is just $23.
For a limited time, save some serious coin on iPads, earbuds, and noise-cancelling headphones.
The Spin 311 is part laptop, part Android tablet, and all bargain at this price.
The 83-year-old actress said despite being a feminist, wanting men to find her attractive is "part of my DNA."
Save big on fan-favorite products like bestselling leggings and the new Fire HD 10 tablet.
It has over 15,000 perfect ratings, and every color is marked down: gray, blue, silver, rose gold and a gorgeous sage green.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *