The Pink Helmet Posse
Usually I hate the idea that modern society seems to push young girls in to pinkifying everything, but I've got a feeling these parents have got something right.
Being dressed in a pink tutu, loving princesses and ponies would have been my idea of hell as a young girl growing-up, skateboarding, bike-riding and football was much more my scene. It would never really have occurred to me that these two worlds could be one.
"I am a princess"
Meet Rella aged 6 and 3/4, Bella aged 6 and 1/2, and Sierra aged 6 and 1/4. Your typical girls and yet not your typical girls. They combine their pink princess world with the extreme sports mecca that is Camp Woodward and they want to skate. There's something very rebellious about the whole thing. They are not conforming to anyone's stereo-types.
"Can you actually skate?"
I love the attitude of the girls skating together, the leaf face-plant is so cute, and the attitudes of their parents. When the boys taunt the girls, "Can you actually skate?", the parents attitude is - well go out and prove yourself. When they fall its - yep that happens, pick yourself up and when you're ready try again.
The adults, the boys and the girls all perceive the way modern society has conditioned us all to think about gender roles, but they manage to embrace it and rebel against it in a beautifully balanced way, while recognising that there is plenty of room for progression.
"I want the same amount of girls to be skating as the same amount of boys" Bella
The whole thing has been captured poignantly in this New York Times video edit Gnarly in Pink by Kristelle Laroche and Ben Mullinkosson, watch it below.
It's an ideal situation a bunch of friends supporting each other and supportive parents - you can be as good as you try to be, it doesn't matter if you fail, and you can wear whatever the hell you like while you do it.