In the past few decades, so much progress has been made for girls.
There are still places and activities, however, that are male-dominated, and it can be intimidating for a girl to get involved. Sometimes all it takes is one fearless pioneer to walk in and say that she can do anything just as good as the boys can.
Skateboarding is traditionally seen as a “male” activity, but one girl in Brazil is proving that it’s a place where anyone can thrive.
Rayssa Leal is a 9-year-old Brazilian girl who absolutely loves to skateboard. She’s also really good at it, having won a few junior street-skating titles.
Recently, a photo and video of Leal skating in a fairy princess dress went viral, putting a spotlight on the young girl and all of her accomplishments.
She’s used her social media savvy to build up audiences on Facebook and Instagram who can keep up with her badass tricks.
She’s so good that even skate legends like Tony Hawk have given her a shout out of encouragement. People everywhere are loving her fearlessness.
Leal has only been skating for three years, but her tricks are technically sound. She practices for several hours per day trying to perfect them.
All in all, Leal has a great skateboarding career ahead of her and she’s inspiring girls everywhere to try something new, even if it’s not “girly.”