UO Interviews: MS. RPRSNTD - Skater Girls

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Get to know Skater Girls: Adrianne, Evelyn, Jazzmen, Ruby & Taylor and learn more about the upcoming pop-up MS. RPRSNTD - an inclusive photo exhibition celebrating women of color - here at Space 15 Twenty from September 8-10th.

Photos by Adrienne Williams

Adrianne Sloboh

Hi There! Tell us a little bit about yourself: what you do and where you are from? 

I'm a waitress right now, and I am from Simi Valley California.

Why is the Ms. Rprsntd movement important to you? 

Ms. Rprsntd is important to me because it gives most of us a platform to showcase our gifts. Personally I have never been a part of anything like this in my life and it is a really amazing opportunity.

 What do you hope for people to take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up?

I hope that people get inspired to pursue whatever it is they love to do. To wake up in the morning and have passion for any discipline is truly the most amazing gift life can give you.

Evelyn Gonzales

Hi There! Tell us a little bit about yourself: what you do and where you are from? 

My name is Evelyn Gonzales, I grew up in the high desert and eventually moved to Long Beach when I graduated High school to further my education at Cal State Long Beach.

Why is the Ms. Rprsntd movement important to you? 

Women and minorities face marginalization through many forms of media.One of the most informative documentaries I have seen regarding the impact of media on the perception of women in  the United States is Miss Representation.The Ms. Rprsntd movement encompasses both aspects and ties them in together with skateboarding, a lifestyle that has become a huge part of my world. Although women have always been around in the skateboarding community, I see more and more females out there killing it now more than ever. We do, however, face a male dominated culture. But that sure as hell isn't stopping us!  I thank Adrienne for shedding light on not only us females, but on the women of color that are a part of the skate culture.

 What do you hope for people to take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up?

Anyone can skate. No matter their gender, no matter their ethnicity, no matter what! If you find yourself craving a skateboard, pick that shit up and go skate. And if you find yourself falling down, welcome to the club. :-)

Jazzmen Chavez

Hi There! Tell us a little bit about yourself: what you do and where you are from? 

I just graduated high school this year, I'm working part time at Toys R Us, and I am the founder of LA Girls Skate Sesh. We meet up to learn to skate, teach skating,  and empower one another to build the confidence of being a female skater. I was born and raised in the San Fernando valley.

Why is the Ms. Rprsntd movement important to you? 

The Ms.Rprsntd movement is very important to me because they embrace what many fail to see. Women, who don't ever get the recognition that they deserve because of how they look, the color of their skin, or even just because women often get told they can't do it.

 What do you hope for people to take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up?

I hope that people truly understand the beauty in each and every human being. We were all born and raised differently but we're all still human with feelings who deserve to feel like they have a purpose in life and not feel discriminated because of the clothes on their back, their gender, or the color of their skin.

We are put in the position we are in to better ourselves and help those who need it.

Ruby Elise

Hi There! Tell us a little bit about yourself: what you do and where you are from? 

Hi there! My name is Ruby Elise. I am an artist from Los angeles, California. I act in film and television, model, write poetry, play music, and love to skateboard. When I am not creating, I volunteer at a Sanctuary for farm animals, and do environmental work. I love going to the beach and being in nature. I am a creator and lover of our beautiful earth, and all it's unique inhabitants. 

Why is the Ms. Rprsntd movement important to you? 

The Ms. Rprsnted movement is important to me, because I think it's important for people to be seeing women of color in the media being highlighted in a real, truthful, and artistic way. So often the media highlights women as an object, rather than a muse. Ms Rprsnted touches not only on that subject, but women of color that skateboard. So many diverse women are rad skaters, or just learning to skate, from all ages, levels, backgrounds and cultures, and the world needs to see it. 

 What do you hope for people to take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up?

I hope people take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up inspiration and freedom. To know that no matter where you are in life, it's never to late to try something new. No matter what you have been told your "box" is, you own the tools to break the walls and create a new shape. Break through stereotypes with confidence. Teach your daughters to be proud of where they are from, and to lead with courage rather than fear. Do not let society's idea of who you should be, stop you from being who you truly are. 

Taylor Shereen

Hi There! Tell us a little bit about yourself: what you do and where you are from? 

My name is Taylor, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Riverside. I currently work 2 jobs in addition to that I enjoy skating and watching Netflix 

Why is the Ms. Rprsntd movement important to you? 

As a young colored girl I never saw much representation of myself in the media and now, as I have grown older, I see there isn't a lot of  representation of colored girls in the media and even more so in skateboarding so the fact that Adrienne and Ms. Rprsntd are dedicated to changing that portrayal of colored  women really means a lot to me

 What do you hope for people to take away from the Ms. Rprsntd Pop- Up?

I want the people who come to the pop-up to walk away with a new view of women of color. I want people to recognize that there are a lot of amazing women of color who should be recognized for their talent and skill 

Check out more information on the MS. RPRSNTD pop-up + event line up here!

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