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Introducing The Skate Kitchen

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Jan 29, 2018

Introducing The Skate Kitchen

BY : ZARNA SURTI

The Women Changing The Rules of Skating

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I remember seeing skaters growing up and actually thinking, “What is wrong with these people?” They’re fearless—voluntarily taking risks with every move that could easily bruise or break them. One wrong turn, one wrong movement, and they could lose it all. You would think with the stakes so high, it’d be the perfect place for strong females to exist. But in reality, the industry itself is highly male dominated—until now.

Skate Kitchen, an all-girl, NYC-based skate crew, is bringing feminism and talent to the forefront of the industry. The collective has six members—Jules Lorenzo, Ardelia “Dede” Lovelace, Kabrina Adams, Nina Moran, Brenn Lorenzo, and Rachelle Vinberg. The Skate Kitchen began during their high school years and has grown to become a place for women to weave in and out of as their lives change and morph in different ways. The crew is not only talented, but also politically investested as avid supporters of multicultural issues. In a recent interview, Jules Lorenzo told Fashionista, “The Skate Kitchen is important to me because many of the girls in our crew, including myself, are people of color. We’re able to show that girls of every color do exist within the skating world, whether they’re mixed, Latina, black, asian, etc.”

The crew was recently acclaimed for their Sundance premiere of the aptly titled, Skate Kitchen. The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle spotted a few girls on the subway, introduced herself, and asked if there were more girls like them. After they told her about the Skate Kitchen, the rest is cinematic history. In the film, each woman plays a version of themselves, intertwined with only two professional actors, Jaden Smith and Elizabeth Rodriguez. The story is a loose narrative following skate star Rachelle Vinberg, playing Camille, through her journey in the Skate Kitchen, family issues, romance, and more. The entire film is an ode to youth, and perhaps the most interesting part of the film is the raw, unfiltered perspective into New York City’s skating subculture. It truly captures the essence and realities of what it’s like to be a female skater in a male-dominated industry.

If you were wondering, like us, where the name Skate Kitchen originated from, Rachelle Vinberg told Paper Mag, “The origins of the Skate Kitchen crew name came about whenever I was thinking about what I’d call my own skate shop but even more so whenever I peeped skater girls on YouTube, I’d always noticed the same stupid comment about ‘the best place for women is in the kitchen’ so I always had the idea that if I ever had a crew, we’d be the Skate Kitchen. So I made an Instagram account and gave all the girls the password and it just kind of came about naturally.”

The crew was recently acclaimed for their Sundance premiere of the aptly titled, Skate Kitchen. The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle spotted a few girls on the subway, introduced herself, and asked if there were more girls like them. After they told her about the Skate Kitchen, the rest is cinematic history. In the film, each woman plays a version of themselves, intertwined with only two professional actors, Jaden Smith and Elizabeth Rodriguez. The story is a loose narrative following skate star Rachelle Vinberg, playing Camille, through her journey in the Skate Kitchen, family issues, romance, and more. The entire film is an ode to youth, and perhaps the most interesting part of the film is the raw, unfiltered perspective into New York City’s skating subculture. It truly captures the essence and realities of what it’s like to be a female skater in a male-dominated industry.