A Roller Derby Girl.
Fishnets, tattoos, face paint, and shoving a girl to the ground all while wearing booty shorts, and racing around a track at dangerous speeds... is the appearance of a roller derby girl. That is what is on the outside, but when taking a step into the rink and into the chaotic world of derby, one realizes it consists of so much more. Their dedication to the team, the game, athleticism, and acceptance towards one another is what derby life is really about.
With a rich history dating back to 1935, roller derby began as a co-ed endurance race for the purpose of entertainment. As its popularity grew, it evolved into a theatrical spectacle. It soon fell out of style until the resurgence in the 2000s. Today, roller derby upholds a value of athleticism, but still pays homage to its history and its showmanship.
These are women from all walks of life who seek a liberation that they do not get anywhere else. It is an escape from their reality. They uphold values such as community, acceptance, and dedication. Female empowerment and a rough attitude are considered positive traits that stem from a group of women who are working together for a singular purpose. Roller derby is as much fun to play as it is to watch. It’s a celebration of women who are confident in themselves and their derby love… and their bruises.