The best beauty looks of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics

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Dalilah Muhammad of the United States team.
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The only thing more impressive than breaking world records, winning the title of “Fastest Woman Alive”, throwing a 65-foot metal ball or catapulting yourself through the air to perform a multitude of flips, it is to do one of those things with an intricate hairstyle. , extra-long nails and matte lips that resist blood, sweat and tears.

Olympians are the best of the best, and few express their personalities through beauty better than competitive black women. Catwalks and red carpets seem stale when you can watch elite athletes sprint, rock and jump to the podium with fluffy lashes, neon cuts, low-cut ponytails and ornate talons that Florence Griffith is proud of. -Joyner. From color-coordinated braids by Naomi Osaka and butterfly clips by Christina Clemons to neon ponytails by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, here’s a look at some of the most impressive beauty looks that have been spotted in the field, around the track and, momentarily, in the air at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Britain’s long jumper Jazmin Sawyers competed with a winning combination of cornrows, bleached blonde afro-puffs and brushed eyebrows.

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Jamaican Janieve Russell sprinted with both bright yellow and bright green hair as a tribute to her home country’s flag.

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Team Namibia’s Christine Mboma paired her beaded braids with a really good Skittles mani.

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Team USA’s Dalilah Muhammad broke through the obstacles with a nice ponytail hugging her buttocks.

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If you’re looking for the perfect shade of purple, look no further than Tatjana Pinto’s braids.

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But Shafiqua Maloney and Shaunae Miller-Uibo can convince you to go for a bright aqua blue instead.

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Miller-Uibo also ran with extremely red hair so the warm tones are more at your pace.

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Christina Clemons brought back butterfly clips in the best way imaginable.

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Team Japan’s Stephanie Mawuli competed in 3×3 basketball with rainbow and gray braids that photographed perfectly from all angles including this one.

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Gabrielle Thomas has proven that you don’t need a superhero cape when you have waist-deep red hair that whips behind you in the wind.

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Natoya Goule’s braids and black French manicure were a beautiful tribute to the Jamaican flag.

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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico posed on the podium with a gold medal, spectacular eyelashes and the Puerto Rican national flower pinned to her afro.

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Team Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade decorated her hair with patterned scarves that never wavered from her routine falls to the floor, nor her gold winning flips.

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Sprinter Athing Mu taught us all a refresher course on accessorizing your hair.

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Raven Saunders of Team USA won a silver medal with shiny shoulder-length hair and bleached eyebrows.

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Braided space buns, a classic red lip and the perfect cat’s eye. Go ahead and pin Gabriele Cunningham’s look to your Beauty Looks board on Pinterest.

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You’re also going to want to pin up Rosângela Santos’ look: matte lips, a top knot with a bandana, and long almond-shaped nails are just what your athleisure look needs.

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Simone Biles got her bronze on the balance beam with a French manicure highlighted with rainbow nail art and a perfectly blended bronze smokey eye.

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One of two neon and two-tone looks that sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sported during her competitions.

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Leah Nugent from Jamaica went for a monochrome look and matched her lips with her green locs.

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Tobi Amusan from Nigeria paired his burgundy afro puffs with a hot pink headband and moody matte lips to balance it out.

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Sprinter Anna Cockrell’s hair was a lesson in ’90s excellence thanks to cornrows, hair jewelry and a scrunchie to top it off.

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Naomi Osaka’s fiery red braids still live in our brains for free, as do her stacked scrunchies and her red and white French mani.

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Athing Mu and Raevyn Rogers of the United States celebrate their joint victories with an equally excellent hug and nails.

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Javianne Oliver made a great case for a metallic liner and gave each of your nails their own personalized nail art.

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Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, aka the world’s fastest woman, won the title with a blonde ponytail crowned with a jeweled headband.


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