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Tomboy ICON | Billie Jean King

By J .
on September 21, 2017

battle of the sexes billie jean king icon

American tennis great Billie Jean King broke down barriers in her push for equal prize money for women.

She gained both fame and the admiration of fans for her defeat of Bobby Riggs in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" match. Afterward, King acknowledged the pressure she felt that day. "I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn't win that match," she said. "It would ruin the women's tour and affect all women's self esteem."

Life magazine (1990) named her one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century." Not sports figures, but Americans. She was the only female athlete on the list, and one of only four athletes (Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali were the others).

Tomboy ICON | Kathy Kohner

By J .
on August 24, 2017

Photo of Kathy Kohner in Malibu, California. (1957)

As a teenager in the mid 50s, Kathy spent several summers surfing near the Malibu pier with a group of young surfers who dubbed her "Gidget," meaning "girl midget."  Kathy conveyed many of her experineces on the beach to her father, who, in 1957 went on to write the landmark novel "Gidget."  The novel spawned a series of movies and TV shows for Columbia and Gidget became an American icon.

Kathy Kohner is widely recognized as a pioneering female surfer and an inspiration to generations of surfer girls worldwide.



Tomboy ICON | Kristen Stewart

By J .
on August 24, 2017

Kristen Stewart became famous for her role as "Bella" in The Twilight Saga film series (2008) but this celebrity doesn’t conform to the Hollywood starlet stereotype. She consistently embraces her casual tomboy style.

“I have always been a tomboy,” Kristen says. “I wanted to look like my older brother when I was younger. I lived in hand-me-downs and was always borrowing his clothes.”


Tomboy ICON | Patti McGee

By J .
on August 23, 2017

Photo of Patti McGee on the cover of LIFE magazine and Skateboarder Magazine. (1965)

Patti McGee was the 1965 Woman's First National Skateboard Champion and the first woman inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.

"I appeared upside down on my board doing a hand stand on the cover of LIFE magazine on May 14th, 1965," she said. "I also got the cover of Skateboarder Magazine. That will always be my pride and joy. It's also another first for girl skaters."



Tomboy ICON | Mary Badham

By J .
on August 23, 2017

Photo of Mary Badham and Gregory Peck in the film To Kill A Mockingbird (1962).

Mary Badham was To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout Finch, and in many ways, Scout was her. Her character didn't have much interest in stereotypical girl things, like dolls and dresses and much preferred her tomboyish nature. "I grew up in a houseful of boys and was very much a tomboy growing up," Mary says.

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