UCLA gymnasts have a knack for going viral for all the right reasons. Margzetta Frazier stunned the crowds earlier this month with a floor routine that instantly became an internet sensation. She danced to the tunes of iconic singer Janet Jackson and even some of her moves in the routine. Over the weekend, the college gymnast received a surprise call from Jackson that left her in tears.
Frazier’s stellar performance earned her a whopping 9.925 out of 10 in the University of California meet against Brigham Young University which earned the admiration of many including Jackson herself who shared the performance on Twitter saying, #iLuvIT.
— UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) February 11, 2021
The 20-year-old athlete could not hide her excitement when she woke up to her idol’s comments on the floor routine. She shared that Jackson is the reason she loves to dance, and she is happy that her routine did the job it is meant to do, to earn the admiration of many especially Jackson herself.
According to Good Morning America, Frazier got a text saying she was getting a call in one minute. Then the phone rang, and it was Jackson herself on an actual facetime. She was stunned beyond words.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) February 20, 2021
“I would one day love to learn to tumble. And if I do, I would love for you to teach me!” the star tells Frazier in a video of the chat. “I did it once in the video ‘Pleasure Principle,’ and the way it was shot, people didn’t think that it was me, but it was me doing the backflip!”
The girl of the moment, grinning from ear to ear, agrees to tutor her mentor and they both share a cute laugh. “I would love for you to teach me. … Hopefully, I won’t break anything!”
Jackson during the call adds that many still doubt she was the one who did the backflip for her “Pleasure Principle” music video. “I did it once in the video ‘Pleasure Principle,’ and the way it was shot, people didn’t think that it was me, but it was me doing the backflip!”
Jackson praised the athlete and was grateful that she gives her all during her performances.
“I just want to say thank you, thank you for sharing your talent. It’s so beautiful to see you tumble, really inspiring,” Jackson continues in the call. “And it just inspired me to want to do more and be better and be stronger. I absolutely loved it.”
Shedding a few tears, Frazier thanked Jackson, saying her words meant “everything” to her.
The brief conversation ended with Jackson saying a meet-up with Frazier in person when next she’s in Los Angeles would be lovely. “She is the reason why I love gymnastics,” Frazier told the L.A. Times. “I really try my best to make it a performance to entertain, and that’s because of her.”
Later in the day after the call, the UCLA gymnast had a performance that she nailed. According to the Los Angeles Times, she set two personal bests, and her coaches praised her that night, saying they had never seen her like that on a beam.