Fast fashion: Olympic star Flo

1980s Olympic star Florence Griffiths Joyner making a fashion statement on track. Image via Instagram @#flojo

Fast fashion: Olympic star Flo-Jo’s one-legger legacy to spice up biopic

Tiffany Haddish stars as ‘Flo-Jo’ in the upcoming biopic featuring the Olympic sprinter’s life, career and on-track fashion statements.

Fast fashion: Olympic star Flo

1980s Olympic star Florence Griffiths Joyner making a fashion statement on track. Image via Instagram @#flojo

American actress Tiffany Haddish is set to produce and star in a biopic based on field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner also known as “Flo-Jo” controversial career and trailblazing fashion. 


When she shot to fame in the 1980s, the three-times Olympic gold-winning track athlete competed in outfits that had a rock star, cartoon crusader vibe. She ran in one-legged spandex bodysuits, shiny leggings, full hair weaves and 6.5-inch painted nails. 

“No male athlete [has] brought glamour and individuality to his sport as well as being at the top of his sport. She is a combination of Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan,” said Donna Lopiano, president of the Women’s Sports Foundation at the time, according to The Guardian

“She was designing uniforms in high school and clearly understood how one presented themselves to the world determined how they were received by audiences,” says Darnell-Jamal Lisby, a fashion historian according to The Guardian. 

“She was keen on connecting her passion for the sport through her style, while also understanding that she was one of the only black women on that level who also served as a role model for future generations,” he added. 

Serena Williams, Beyoncé channel Flo-Jo’s one-legger

Celebrities, such as tennis star Serena Williams and singer Beyoncé, have channeled Flo-Jo by wearing her signature look, the “one legger”. 


Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish is already preparing for her role as Flo-Jo by starting to practice many of Flo-Jo’s training methods and routines. The biopic features the story of the athlete’s life and untimely death, showcasing her historic feats and also her impact on the world of sports and the communities that needed her inspiration. 

Flo-Jo was the first American woman to win four medals in track and field at a single Olympic Games in 1988 taking place in Seoul, South Korea. After her death in 1998 her sporting legacy was brought down by allegations of her taking athletic performance-enhancing drugs although she tested positive. 

Therese Andrews of production at sports content studio Game1 will be spearheading the entire project according to Deadline. Game1 co-CEO’s Basil Iwanyk and Greg Economou will also serve as producers on the film alongside Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner. 

“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” said Haddish according to Deadline. 

“My goal with this film is making sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed,” she added. 

ALSO READ: ‘Lucifer’ is back! The devil addresses his ‘daddy issues’