Ily (pronounced eye-lee), our etnies Girl of the Month, has two overriding passions in life: skateboarding and art. Oh, and she likes to cut her own hair. And did we mention she has a borderline obsession with Denver? The 15-year-old skateboarder and artiste extraordinaire from Nashville, Tenn., sums herself up thus: “I do my hair a lot, because I get really bored of it. I laugh a lot too. I also don’t wear a lot of makeup. Everything I do is pretty random.” All we know is that we wouldn’t mind spending an afternoon hanging out with Ily…you know, so we could do our hair and skate and stuff.
“…everything I do revolves around skateboarding. I have made some of the greatest friends from it.”
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Ily: Skateboarding, drawing, music, Denver, and I like doing hair. I also like getting on my computer and taking pictures. And well, of course, guys.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Ily: Drawing and skating, mainly. And I guess I’m pretty good at MySpace HTML. I like to make artsy stuff too, stencils and stuff. I guess I’m pretty talented at that.
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in skateboarding?
Ily: I went to Denver for a summer and met some friends there who skated. I came back home and a new kid who moved in had a skateboard. I had one too so we skated every once and awhile. I didn’t really get into it, though, until they built one of the first outdoor parks around [where I live]. From that day on, I’ve been skating.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Ily: I like that it’s a pretty cool way to get girls into action sports—by letting them see that other girls can do it too. It gives girls the confidence they need to succeed in what they want to achieve.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Ily: I think that I’m an etnies Girl because I’m creative and don’t try to follow the world. I’m having fun doing something I’m confident in.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Ily: For fun, I skate, draw, listen to music and hang out with my friends all the time. I get on my computer a lot too.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Ily: I find inspiration in my friends and pro skaters. Whenever I watch a video, it makes me want go outside and skate so I can learn new stuff.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Ily: Skating-wise, being able to do what I can do now. I’m not afraid to try new stuff, so then I get better at it.
etnies Girl: Why do you love skateboarding so much?
Ily: Because it’s pretty much my life; everything I do revolves around skateboarding. I have made some of the greatest friends from it. Just spending my time skating, traveling to new places to go to skateparks and hanging out with friends who do the same thing is pretty awesome.
etnies Girl: You’re really into art too, right?
Ily: Yeah, art is amazing. I’ve been drawing since I was little, so now I’m pretty good at it—drawing, stenciling, spray painting, just creating anything that looks sick.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Ily: “Just commit to it,” which has been given to me by a lot of people. You have commit to what you’re trying to do, if you want do it. This goes for anything, not just skating. But mainly I use this advice to land what I’m trying to land.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Ily: Things that are really important to me are my friends, my music, my art and skateboarding.
Ily’s Favorite Things
Place: Denver, Colo.
Hangout: “Going downtown.”
City: Denver, Colo.
Song: “I just like music in general.”
Album: “Recently, ‘Live It Out’ by Metric.”
Band: “There are too many good ones.”
Book: “The Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket series.”
Movie: “Skate videos!”
TV show: “CSI,” “The OC” and “Family Guy”
Game: “Whatever we play at the skatepark.”
Food: BBQ pizza
Candy: TWIX and Red Hots
Smell: Cinnamon and ginger
Hobby: Skateboarding, art and music
Guilty pleasure: “Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee!”
Athlete: Ryan Sheckler
Hero: “My friends and Jesus.”
etnies Girl shoe: Easy-E in pink/white
One of Ily's drawings
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