Skateboarding Women in India Challenge Gender Norms in This Must-Watch Video
Sasha Rainbow/Vimeo/"Alpha Female"
Girls in India are using skateboarding as a tool for empowerment.
In a world where skateboards and scratched-up knees are overwhelmingly reserved for boys, a girl gang is breaking the stereotype in India. Director Sasha Rainbow featured the young female skateboarders in a music video for the latest single from Wild Beasts’ album Boy King: “Alpha Female.”
“In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia, and India, skating has not been solidified as a male sport and, therefore, has had a massive cultural impact, teaching values about self-empowerment through skateboarding,” Rainbow explained in a statement.
The video follows the group of kickass girls — clad in hot pink saris and sequins — as they tear up the streets of a seemingly traditional Bangalore. Atita Verghese, India’s first professional skateboarder, leads the pack.