Meet The Coolest All-Girl Skate Squads In The Country

Photographed by Brayden Olson.


The following feature appears in the May 2016 issue of NYLON.

For women in a male-dominated sphere, it can be tough not just to forge their way in an environment that wasn’t designed for inclusion, but also to carve out their own communal spaces within that world. And while women tearing up the scene in skateboarding is certainly nothing new, the history of the skate crew tradition—from the Z-Boys to the Bones Brigade—offers relatively little in the way of girl gangs. So here, get to know some badass squads of skater girls as they sound off on sisterhood and the sickest spots to shred in their cities. 

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Photographed by Scott León.


Meow Skateboards Team

One of only six women’s skate teams worldwide, this largely Cali-based crew boasts some of the most notable names in competitive skateboarding. Spurred not only by the dearth of women in the industry but even more so by the notable absence of mainstream support, Lisa Whitaker launched the company in 2012 with only four members (Vanessa Torres, Amy Caron, Kristin Ebeling, and Jen Soto). A few years later, it’s a formidable 11-lady squad and growing. REMY RAMIREZ

How did Meow come to be?
Whitaker: I was at a major contest, and I saw that out of the top 10 girls, only one or two had a board sponsor that promoted them or included them on the team—and these were the top girls in the world. I had pro boards on my wall, but none were from any of these women. I wanted to start something where we could make boards with these girls’ names on them, something they could be a part of, to grow together.

Tell me about the sense of community within the group.
Savannah Headden: I’m from the East Coast, and when I came to L.A. and saw the connection—how stoked they are off each other—it immediately felt welcoming. It’s fun skating with dudes, but a crew of girls is going to be more encouraging. It feels good knowing there are girls who do exactly what I do, who don’t care what other people think. It’s empowering.

How do you build the team?
Whitaker: Everyone has to fit together and fit the style of the company. Savannah is one of the newest team riders. She came out from Virginia recently to film a video, ended up skating with the team a lot, and it just clicked.
Headden: I took a leap of faith and bought a one-way ticket. I had a good feeling about it.
Torres: The truth is there aren’t many of us, so it’s not hard to make those decisions. 

What local skate shops do you love?
Lacey Baker: Pawnshop Skate Co. in Covina, where I grew up.
Headden: Lisa’s garage. Seriously.

Where are the best places to board in L.A.?
Baker: There are a lot of plazas popping up all over the place, and those are good places to learn tricks. There are great spots everywhere in L.A. for street skating. Just today we got lost driving in Atwater and pulled into this warehouse that had ledges all over the fucking place. It said no skateboarding, so you know you have to go.

How has being in Meow impacted your skating?
Baker: Personally, it inspired me to keep skating. There was a time when I was really struggling. I was trying to ride for companies that didn’t give a shit about my skating, and my fire was dying out. Being a part of Meow re-lit it in me, because it’s bigger than just joining a team—we have a purpose, a goal. We support each other. That’s what I needed.

How does an all-girl skate team benefit the skate world in general?
Baker: We need a community. The most important thing is creating a space for girl skaters to exist. At 10 years old, I thought Elissa Steamer was the only other girl skater in the whole world. This company brings us together and gives us a way to reach out to other girls so our community grows. 

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.