The fastest woman in the world, slayed the running track.
Beyond her running prowess, Griffith Joyner ‘s(also known as Flo Jo), personal style was ver bold and unconventional. Flo Jo appeared at the World Championships in 1987 in Rome wearing a hooded speed skating body suit. In April 1988 she started wearing a running suit with the right leg of the suit extending to the ankle and the left leg of the suit cut off, a style she called the “one-legger”.. The running suits also had bold colors such as lime green or purple with white bikini bottoms and embellished with lightning bolts.
Her nails also garnered attention for their length and designs. Her nails were four inches long with tiger stripes at the 1988 Olympic trials before switching to fuchsia. For the Olympic games themselves, Griffith Joyner had six inch nails painted red, white, blue, and gold.
Although many sprinters avoided accessories which might slow them down, Flo Jo kept her hair long and wore jewelry while competing. She designed many of her outfits herself and preferred looks which were not conventional.
This was a track star who saw fashion as a part of her performance strategy—not a distraction from it. As Flo Jo once said, “Dress good to look good. Look good to feel good. And feel good to run fast!”
On September 21, 1998, Griffith Joyner died in her sleep at home in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of Mission Viejo, California, at the age of 38. Check out more of her track outfits below.
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