Champions Female Skate Scene in India
Taken from Wild Beasts’ fifth studio album, Boy King, here’s the latest video for single “Alpha Female” exploring the burgeoning female skateboarding movement in India, directed by Sasha Rainbow.
The video follows India’s first professional female skater, Atitia Verges, as well as skate collectives Girl Skate India and the Holystoked Skate Crew through the streets of Bangalore. The girls and women in “Alpha Female” are seen continually pushing themselves forward in the face of stereotypes cutting through age, gender and class barriers. Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thrope explained the song as “a tale of showing yourself, of pushing off the earth to gather momentum, of leaning into resistance and meeting it with bravery and composure.”
Sasha Rainbow said: “When I first heard the Wild Beasts song Alpha Female,” I had the epiphany to film the growing female skateboard scene outside the Western world. In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia and India, skating has not been solidified as a male sport and therefore has had a massive cultural impact, teaching values about self-empowerment through skateboarding. I wanted to commemorate this incredible moment in India and show how massive cultural change can start with just one person.”