Series 3: #thefutureisfemale ft. Briana King

Model and skateboarder, Briana King, shares the story behind her passion and love for skateboarding. Briana takes her skill to the streets as she teaches and empowers young women on how to skateboard.

How long have you been skateboarding? 

I’ve been skating for 3 consecutive years but dabbled in it a bit as a kid.  

What sparked your love and passion for skateboarding, and why?

Growing up in Los Angeles, skateboarding has always been a part of my life so it’s been a lifelong love. It was when I saw another black woman on a skateboard, is when it changed. She was what I always wanted to be, and she soon turned into my best friend and mentor. She was so fearless and could care less what anybody thought of her speeding down the streets in a pink skirt and her purple dreads flowing in the wind. I soon turned into that fearless woman and that’s when my passion sparked! 

What is it like being a female skater in a predominantly male-dominated industry?

At this point, the women’s / trans community is growing so quickly, that the only thing I could really focus on is how special this moment in time is. My friends are changing skateboarding - this is history in the making. The men in my life support the movement and their opinions are the only ones that matter. 

The tiniest support from other women around me reminds me what I’m doing is exactly what I should be doing. 

What sneaker sparked your love and passion for sneakers, and why?

Jordan 11 baby blue was my first pair of fly sneakers and I felt brand new walking down the street. My tiny 6-year-old self, thinking she’s real ‘hard’!

What empowers you as a woman?

The support of the people in my life. I’m not too sure what inspires me to do what I do. Sometimes I question what I’m doing, and just the tiniest support from other women around me reminds me what I’m doing is exactly what I should be doing. 

On International Women’s day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women?

Do what makes you happy. Sit down and forget everything you’ve been seeing around you or what you’ve been taught and think about what makes you happy. No matter how big or small.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Briana! The work you do to uplift women and men in your skating community is inspirational. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.

Be sure to keep up with Briana and her skating adventures!

Follow us on Instagram
@sneakerlab