Sha'Carri Richardson is competing in her first event since the controversy surrounding her Olympics suspension this weekend, and she just underwent a full hair transformation ahead of the comeback. The record-breaking track and field star took to her Instagram this week to re-share a short before-and-after style TikTok video where she mouths the words to a voiceover of Nicki Minaj saying, "I took a couple, you know, I took some time off to rest, and now it's game time, bitches."
The first half of the clip shows Richardson bared-faced and sporting her natural dark, textured hair before her stylist rips off her smock and the video cuts to the athlete wearing full makeup and a wavy, waist-length, platinum blond wig with an icy blue underlayer. "August 21 and I'm not playing nice 👊🏾," she captioned it.
Richardson won the Olympic trials earlier this summer wearing a fiery orange hair colour that she later admitted was chosen for her by her girlfriend. She's since been praised for her statement-making style and joins a growing list of Black women athletes freely expressing themselves through beauty while competing.
Richardson is set to compete in the women's 100m at the Prefontaine Classic this weekend against the three women who took home medals in the event in Tokyo earlier this month, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.