Happy New Year Everyone!!
It is with ease that I can say that Lacey Baker is a total icon in terms of skateboarding and style and being an awesome female role model. I got to chat to her recently and thought I would share with you guys what she had to say….. ^_^
How would you describe your style? I try to keep it minimal and monochromatic.
Who inspires you style wise? I am inspired by fashion and minimalism! I like the shapes of clothes and unique patterns. I really want to do a clothing company.
So… I know that you used to have long hair and that long hair is freaking annoying when you are skating. I love the new shaved hair and was so hyped when i saw it, did you cut it because its easier for skating or did you literally just fancy it and do you ever miss your locks?
I never miss having long hair and I love having a shaved head!! I like the aesthetic.
I can see a lot more diversity in terms of style in the female skate scene in contrast to what seems to be almost a uniform way to dress among the men for the most part. Do you think that we all will ever end up all dressing the same way as the scene grows or do you think that it can get even more wavy?
I think that each of us is very much an individual and there hasn’t been any guidelines for how we should look or what image we should have. I think that is a good thing. Individualism is one of the most important things about skating.
Item of clothing you couldn’t live without? omfg. That question is harder than it should be!!! If I had to choose today I would have to say these pants I am wearing. They’re from Oak. I’m in love with these. They’re black slightly coated drop crotch jeans with a little bit of a bow in the leg. Oh and they stretch so I can skate in them. I tried to find them for you but they’re not on the website!! http://www.oaknyc.com/
One more question if you don’t mind me asking…? Something a bit more serious. I noticed you recently spoke out about the skate industry boys club not caring about skill level and caring more about ‘who’s the prettiest?’….
People are very concerned with looks and style even if when they are trying to send a positive message about it. Girls are told so many messed up things about how they should look etc and what they should wear and how to act. Do you have any good advice for younger girls who feel like for any reason at all they don’t dress the right way or look the right way to fit into skateboarding.
My advice is to do exactly what you want, wear exactly what you want, and dress in the way that is the most comfortable for you. It doesn’t matter what other people say at all, and it’s so important to stay true to yourself. When I was a teenager I sort of conformed to the image the skate industry wanted, people constantly pressuring me to wear my pants tighter, or make comments about my hair and how “marketable I am.” I obviously grew out of that, and looking back I realized how much of myself I was suppressing. It’s twisted how much people will try to manipulate you for their own benefit.
On a lighter note, what is your favourite Pizza flavour? I always go for a slice of margarita and a slice of white pizza. must have ranch. must have hot sauce. must have soda.
Check Lacey out on insta @leeroythegreat for more radness!