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The Skate Kitchen crew is making waves with their social media presence and a narrative feature film
Despite being an ostensibly egalitarian subculture, skateboarding, like other punk-adjacent scenes, has the reputation of not being the most inclusive. In recent years, the adidas and Nike pro teams have added female and gender non-conforming skaters like Nora Vasconcellos and Lacey Baker to their rosters, which has helped encourage more people who don't fit the mold of a stereotypical bro to pick up boards. Meanwhile, it's mostly been up to all-girl crews on Instagram to evangelize skateboarding to women of color. The Skate Kitchen crew that Lovelace and Adams are a part of is probably the most notable at the moment. Their influence has started to creep into legacy media as well. Vogue and T Magazine have called them "New York's coolest all-girl skate crew" and "fashion's favorite girl skateboarders." Now, they're co-starring alongside Jaden Smith in a narrative film titled Skate Kitchen about a girl from Long Island who sneaks out to hang with a downtown skate crew despite her mom's wishes.
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