Tutus, Sparkly Nail Polish, And Half-Pipes: These 6-Year-Olds Will Make You Want To Raise Skateboarding Girls

World, meet the Pink Helmet Posse.

The three 6-year-old girls who make up the Pink Helmet Posse, profiled in a short Op-Doc in The New York Times that also screened at Tribeca, are equal parts adorable and badass. The film opens with the three friends, Relz, Bella, and Sierra, painting their nails in the middle of a skate park. Next, we see them dropping into a half-pipe and maneuvering around a pile of leaves.

The rest of the film follows the insanely talented crew as they practice tricks, fall on their faces, and get scared of bees. Their Instagram also shows them in action. It all makes you want to go back to your childhood and trade in the Barbie dolls for some fairy wings and a hot pink skateboard.

Not only are the three tutu-wearing 6-year-olds breaking gender stereotypes and pissing off their older brothers, but they're also activists. "I want there to be the same amount of girls to be skating as the same amount of boys," Sierra says in the film. The Pink Helmet Posse has a website, where they sell bright pink boards, helmets, and T-shirts, hoping to get more girls interested in the male-dominated sport. At last year's X Games, of the 192 competitors, only 33 were women, and by the age of 14 girls are twice as likely to drop out of sports as boys. All three of the posse members want to make it to the X Games and skate until they're "old."

They also hope their posse will encourage more girls to skate. "We want to make it easy and fun for girls to start skateboarding," reads the website. "We will be showing basic tutorials, and pictures of our adventures to encourage and inspire you to go skate. We know it can be intimidating, but we’re here to show you that skateboarding is not just for boys."

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  • 14 yo boys in dance tend to drop out as well. Because by that age, the pressures for gender 'norm' conformity hits their peak. Gender stereotypes are most perpetrated by adults though – especially in entertainment and marketing. Kids follow those guides, and by high school age they're at their most exaggerated. Even the reason these girls like pink is something that's been constantly thrown onto them. They've been told; 'pink is for girls' thousands of times in different ways.

    But as we see with bullying, racism, etc, today; when it's not tolerated in society, and when freedom of expression and individuality is reinforced with kids, generations change. If we want the next generation to be free to use their talents and do anything, we first have to pave their way by checking our own stereotypes and biases every single day, no matter how subtle.

  • this is awesome. hope to see more and more girls skate!! on the east coast, SKATEYOGI (skateyogi.com) in brooklyn has been teaching small girls and boys (as young as 3!!) as well as grown ups skateboarding and it's been really fun to follow :)