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Tomboy ICON | Elspeth Beard

By J .
on October 20, 2018

Photo of Elspeth Beard in London after completing her solo ride around the world. (1984)

Elspeth Beard is an English architect and motorcyclist. In 1982, an age before the internet, smartphones, and when women rarely travelled alone to adventurous countries – Elspeth set off to ride her motorcycle around the world. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes, countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She's the first English woman to ride a motorcycle around the world and achieved something then that is still remarkable today.

"If my story can now inspire other people, especially women to believe there are no limits to what can be achieved with self-belief and determination," Elspeth says, "then this would bring a whole new meaning to my trip."



Tomboy ICON | Laura Ingalls Wilder

By J .
on July 07, 2018

American author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the much-loved "Little House" book series based on her real-life adventures growing up on the Western frontier during the late 1800s.

Laura was a spirited young tomboy who preferred fishing, playing baseball, wintertime snowball fights and racing around with the boys after school.

In 1974, her books were adapted for the television series "Little House on the Prairie". Actress Melissa Gilbert played young Laura for nine seasons, growing up in the role from the age of ten to eighteen.



Tomboy ICON | Florence Arthaud

By J .
on April 20, 2018

In 1990, the French champion sailor Florence Arthaud became the first woman to win La Route Du Rhum, a grueling solo trans-Atlantic yacht race. She broke new ground in one of the few sports where the sexes compete on equal terms. Her victory set a precedent and inspired the next generation of women sailors.

"Sailing is in my blood. I'm not happy unless I can go out to sea," said Arthaud. "Once you reach international waters, we're all equal."



Tomboy ICON | Ellen Page

By J .
on January 03, 2018

Ellen Page is a beloved Hollywood A-list actress who had her breakthough role in the 2007 hit movie Juno. She's well known for her tomboy persona and is more likely to be seen wearing sneakers than a pair of 5-inch stilettos.

“As a girl, you're supposed to love Sleeping Beauty,” Ellen says. “I mean, who wants to love Sleeping Beauty when you can be Aladdin?”




Tomboy ICON | Mia Hamm

By J .
on October 10, 2017

Mia Hamm soccer icon tomboy

Mia Hamm is considered the best women's soccer player in history. As a former American player she competed with the U.S. women's national soccer team for 17 years. She won the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, and took Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.

As a child, Hamm has said she wasn't the best in choir or math but she understood her own talent, which was her competitiveness on the field.




Tomboy ICON | Jackie Joyner-Kersee

By J .
on October 05, 2017

Jackie Joyner-Kersee was voted by Sports Illustrated to be Women's Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time (1987). She's the first American ever to win a gold medal in the long jump and the first woman in history to earn more than 7,000 points in the grueling seven-event heptathlon. She's won three Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, and she established a world record in the heptathlon in 1986. Her achievements are so astounding, and her personality so engagingthat she has become one of Americas favorite track athletes.




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."



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