Is Sha’Carri Richardson Gay? Here's Why The Internet Thinks So
The Olympian qualifier says her bright orange hair color was picked out by her girlfriend!
Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old from Texas, has become the youngest qualifying track and field athlete so far for the United States this past weekend –and the internet is absolutely smitten with her.
The sprinter won the 100-meter dash in 10.86 seconds at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. According to LGBTQ Nation, that is the sixth-fastest legal time ever recorded professionally to date.
She celebrated the race by immediately running up to her grandmother and embracing her, which made even more sentimental after telling the press that she was mourning the death of her biological mother just last week and that she's even more dedicated to making her family that she does still have around proud.
\u201cThis \u2764\ufe0f\n\nSha'Carri Richardson embraces her family after qualifying for her first Olympic Games.\n\n#TrackFieldTrials21 | #TokyoOlympics\u201d— On Her Turf (@On Her Turf) 1624158641
While Richardson is reportedly private about her personal life, before the race she revealed that her bright orange hair color was picked out by her girlfriend. “She said it like spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant, and that’s who I am.”
While many believe she meant "girlfriend" in a romantic way, some aren't sure since some women used the term platonically. Gay Twitter especially has taken it as the former.
\u201cSha\u2019Carri Richardson\u2019s girlfriend picked her hair color for this race \ud83e\udd7a & the gays stay winning!! \ud83c\udf08 Can\u2019t wait to watch @itskerrii in Tokyo.\u201d— Kati Rothenhoefer (@Kati Rothenhoefer) 1624334840
\u201cfor ppl asking how do i know she\u2019s gay ! here\u2019s some posts from her tiktok and ig ! i used gay as an umbrella term here she may be bi !\u201d— nia (@nia) 1624202438
\u201cSha\u2019Carri Richardson wins olympic trials in full lace, lashes, and nails on Juneteenth. a true National Treasure\u201d— Big Nik, esq. \ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2 (@Big Nik, esq. \ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2) 1624216635
That, combined with social media posts of the sprinter celebrating Pride Month and talking about her girlfriend, has led fans to believe she is queer, though Richardson hasn't publicly revealed how she identifies.
Lol I think I’m starting to like TIK TOK 😂😂
It's safe to say that we are OBSESSED with all things Sha’Carri Richardson and we can't wait to see her performance at the 2021 Olympics that will kick off in Tokyo on July 23.