This weekend, Sha’Carri Richardson participates in his first event since the controversy surrounding his suspension from the Olympics, and she just had a complete hair makeover before coming back. The record-breaking track and field star took to her Instagram this week to share a short before and after TikTok style video where she speaks the words in a Nicki Minaj voiceover saying: “J ‘took a couple, you know, I took some time to rest, and now it’s game time, bitches. “
The first half of the clip shows Richardson bare-faced and sporting his dark, textured natural hair before his stylist rips her blouse off and the video shows the athlete wearing full makeup and a wavy platinum blonde wig up to the waist with a ice blue undercoat. “August 21 and I’m not playing well,” Richardson captioned the story.
Richardson took first place in the women’s 100 meters at the Olympic trials earlier this summer wearing a bright orange hair color which she later admitted was chosen for her by his girlfriend. She has since been praised for her statement style and joined a growing list of Black female athletes express themselves freely through beauty in competition.
Richardson is ready to compete in the 100 meters at the Classique Préfontaine this weekend against the three women who won medals in the event in Tokyo earlier this month: Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, all of Jamaica.