morani I care a lot about making mental health issues less taboo because it reduces the stigma and perceptions that can be very harmful to people living with mental illness. I have a story, and I plan to share it with the Jade Foundation, but I’m not talking about it yet because it hasn’t happened yet. [Laughs.] But it’s in the works.
I took a break from doing these things called “girl sessions” for a while because covid was really bad – a girl session is when I post a flyer like “open skate” and then whoever wants to come comes is. A lot of girls come from everywhere, and everyone is learning from each other. I feel like it’s getting better to be out again, so I’m going to start doing girl sessions soon.
Russell I love Tony Hawk – he’s such a nice person and he’s so nice. But when I was little, seeing people like him didn’t make me want to start skateboarding. The world of skateboarding was then for white people. The things that were being advertised and pressured on us, like long blond hair, blue eyes, bald with tattoos – I didn’t see any place for myself there, and it’s discouraging when it’s something like Don’t look for someone who looks like you in that area that interests you and you don’t. So I just put myself out there. My love of skateboarding outweighed my fear of not fitting into the world of skating.
winberg I’m going to post my skating on Instagram. Social media is a big reason why female skateboarding has lasted all these years, because kids who are out in areas where a lot of girls aren’t skaters or skateboarders will see people online and feel connected to them.
Moonlight I’m going to start uploading to YouTube again. I was doing a kickflip challenge, and I haven’t finished it yet, but people were looking to see if I got it. I still have a few months left to get it. So I am doing my kickflip in 2021.
lovelace For me, it’s about connecting with the community more. Because things get really busy on my end, but I really try to make sure I’m going out and skateboarding and meeting new people, be it boys or girls, who be too. Being in that environment, I am here now. I think encouraging other girls and people involved in skateboarding to do the same – if they want, I can teach them a little bit. But it’s just about enjoying yourself.
winberg People tell us sometimes: “You guys are not professionals.” And it’s like, “Why would we be pro skateboarders walking around? We’re normal girls, and that’s okay.” We don’t need to be the best of the best, and that’s not the point. A big part of “Betty” is showing just that.
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