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Bella Donna: Florence Griffith-Joyner

Bella Donna: Florence Griffith-Joyner

Florence Griffith-Joyner, or Flo Jo, as most people know her, still holds the world record for the 100 and 200 meter dash 20 years after she last competed and 10 years after her untimely death at age 38. Although rumors of steroid use began to swirl after her stunning 1988 Olympic victories, and she retired only a year before steroid testing was to be implemented, the claims against her were never substantiated, and her records remain untarnished.

Besides being one of the fastest people ever to live, she was also a true beauty icon, an African-American woman with an athletic body and those signature long, perfect nails in a time when the first supermodels were emerging and the "right" look excluded most women of color and anyone who wasn't shaped like a very slender hourglass. She's a beloved figure for her sharp sense of style and work in the community, and she even had her own Barbie doll, outfitted in one of her awesomely '80s one-legged track unitards. Let's hope her records stand for a good, long time.


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prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
Only she could rock the super long nails...love her style.
dcbright33 dcbright33 7 years
Correction admired her and those extremely long nails.
dcbright33 dcbright33 7 years
Beautiful and inspiring. Sorry she had to die at an early age. I always admired her a those extremely long legs
Glambitious Glambitious 7 years
She was not only the most graceful female athlete I have seen, but also the most fashion forward! Her spirit and smile was infectious! Bellisma!
Triste3030 Triste3030 7 years
Straight out of Watts: Mrs. Florence Griffith-Joyner. R.I.P.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Just beautiful.
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