America's new sweetheart shines in a Notte by Marchesa black-and-gold frock with a head full of flowing locks (no bad hair day here) and one of her two gold medals for the glossy's annual "Women Of The Year" issue.
In the cover story "Gabby Takes Flight," the 16-year-old opens up about her life after making Olympic history. While she has already befriended the First Lady, scored a beauty campaign and landed a guest spot on “The Vampire Diaries,” we're sure the pint-sized star will be bombarded with other fabulous opportunities. (Gabby also snagged a spot on Glamour's "Women Of The Year" list.) Even so, she doesn't seem jaded by her success.
“In my dreams I didn’t think about how many shows I would be on and how many people would tweet me…it’s so cool!” Gabby told ESSENCE.
Joining the gymnast on ESSENCE's list of amazing women of color is First Lady Michelle Obama and "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts -- just to name a few.
Check out Gabby's stunning cover below and a second sensational cover featuring fellow Olympians Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. You can pickup a copy of the issue when it hits newsstands on November 9.