From hair clips to scrunchies to glitter-flecked strands, gymnasts at the Olympics get a lot of attention for their hair. Now that the sport is all wrapped up—congrats on your gold medals Fab Five!—we caught up with 2008 all-around champion and new face of Tigi hair products Nastia Liukin to find out the details behind her looks on and off the floor. “Looking confident when you perform is so important,” Liukin told InStyle.com. “When you look confident, you feel confident. A lot of that comes from your hair and makeup.” Read on for her thoughts gymnastics hair—dry shampoo, French braids, and all.
After Nastia Liukin won gold at the 2008 Olympics she didn’t go to Disney World, she went to New York Fashion Week! Now, the style-obsessed gymnast (who served as the face of BCBG MaxAzria’s Spring 2009 collection) is set to debut the Supergirl by Nastia clothing line, which hits JCPenney stores nationwide tomorrow. “I’ve always been into fashion, but when I was training seven hours a day, six days a week there was just no time to pursue it,” Liukin told us. “And everything moves so fast in the fashion industry!” The collection of dance wear, dresses and super-girly pieces like leggings and shrug tops is aimed at the back-to-school set. “My fan base is mostly young girls and I wanted to use the line to inspire them,” Liukin explained. “At the Olympics I did my routine on the uneven bars to the song ‘Supergirl’ by Saving Jane and when it came time to name the collection, I thought, ‘What better way to feel empowered than to wear the Supergirl shield on your clothing?’” More
Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin is going for the gold in the fashion arena with a new collection for girls 8- 12. The line, called Supergirl by Nastia, will launch exclusively at JCPenney on July 20th, just in time for back-to-school season. Expect burnout tees, knit dresses with detachable necklines, tunics, tie-dyed hoodies and dance and fleece activewear. “Being comfortable and stylish is always my goal, and I get so much inspiration from the younger kids, what they wear, what colors they like,” Liukin, who won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, told WWD.