The golden girl shares the honor with other notable woman such as first lady Michelle Obama and Robin Roberts. The 16 year old made Olympics history when she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions.
Gabby and her mother Natalie Hawkins discuss new found fame, Gabby’s hair critics and family
“ESSENCE has been so welcoming,” said Gabby during the shoot. “I just wanna thank you all for having me and I love you so much.”
Check out the gallery for wonderful pictures of the teen. On the cover she is wearing a black strapless Notte by Marchesa dress adorned with a gold lame bow.